Russia won’t see major gains in Ukraine in 2023, Pentagon says
Ukrainian soldier in the city of Bakhmut, February 25, 2023 (Photo:Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/Serhii Nuzhnenko)
There’s little chance of Russian forces having much success in conquering significant parts of Ukraine throughout 2023, Reuters reported on Feb. 28, citing U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Colin Kahl.
Nevertheless, Kahl told a U.S. House of Representatives hearing that Moscow could still advance and capture some minor bits of Ukrainian territory in the coming weeks and months.
“You may see small portions of territory change hands in the coming weeks and months,” said Kahl.
“I do not think that there's anything I see that suggests the Russians can sweep across Ukraine and make significant territorial gains anytime in the next year or so.”
Ukrainian Military Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov earlier said that decisive, “pivotal” battles of the war will unfold in mid- to late spring.
Ukraine’s General Staff believes that Moscow’s strategic goal is to seize Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts by summer 2023.
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