Russia to eye new Ukrainian territories in case of success in Donbas and south – intel

1 August, 05:24 PM
Ukrainian intelligence warns that Russia may try to seize new territories (Photo:General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine)

Ukrainian intelligence warns that Russia may try to seize new territories (Photo:General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine)

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Main Intelligence Directorate believes that if Russia wins the battle for Donbas and the south of Ukraine, it will try to seize new territories, department’s deputy head Vadym Skibitsky told The Guardian.

According to him, new units are already being formed in Russia for this purpose.

"They are currently creating rifle battalions of reservists in each Russian military district and a third army corps in [Russia’s] western military district," Skibitsky stated.

He noted that the training and equipping of the new corps began under the direct leadership of Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu and his deputy.

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According to the deputy chief of military intelligence, where Russia will use the new corps will depend on how the hostilities in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine progress.

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