Russia could attempt to seize Odesa in 2023 – Foreign Policy

22 July, 04:39 PM
Russia could launch another major offensive in early 2023, aiming to capture Odesa and cut Ukraine off from the Black Sea (Photo:Alexandros Avramidis / REUTERS)

Russia could launch another major offensive in early 2023, aiming to capture Odesa and cut Ukraine off from the Black Sea (Photo:Alexandros Avramidis / REUTERS)

Russia could launch another major offensive in early 2023, aiming to capture Odesa and cut Ukraine off from the Black Sea, U.S. Foreign Policy magazine wrote in an article, published on July 20.

 “The assumption is that they could face another very serious Russian offensive next year,” said a Western official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“And we need to do everything we can to give them not just the equipment but also the people – fresh people, well-trained people – to try and ride that out.”

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U.S. and EU officials assess that the Kremlin has Odesa in its sights as the “main strategic prize of the next stage of the war.”

Losing Odesa would be a “strategic disaster” for Ukraine, as it would severely degraded Kyiv’s military capabilities and grant Moscow control over a large chunk of global food supply.

At the same time, the article suggest that Ukraine’s fierce resistance and vital Western weapon supplies could mean that Russia won’t actually be able to conquer the south-western Ukraine, however hard they might try to do so.

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