Russia could resume offensive in Ukraine once weather improves, US says

24 April, 10:43 PM
John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Russian forces could launch a new offensive in Ukraine once weather conditions improve, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said in an interview with the Voice of America on April 24.

“And we know that in the spring when the weather improves, and it's already starting to improve, that we can expect the Russians to want to go on the offensive in some areas, and we don't know exactly where or how they'll do that.” said Kirby.

“But we want to make sure that the Ukrainians are able to better defend themselves against that and if they choose offensive operations of their own, that they've got the capabilities to conduct those.”

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Kirby also listed the most urgent needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, including armored vehicles, artillery, air defense, and technical support.

“That means, that requires armor, that requires artillery, that requires some air defense,” he added.

“But he also talked about logistics because that's really the lifeblood of any army in the field …; so that's got to be front and center as well.”

Ukrainian Military Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov earlier said that Russia’s spring offensive began on March 31 and faltered shortly afterwards.

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