Russia’s war against Ukraine could last until the end of 2023, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson said, at a press conference in New Delhi on April 22. He was asked if he agreed with a recent UK intelligence assessment about the duration of the Russian war against Ukraine.
It lasting until 2023 was “a realistic possibility,” Johnson replied.
“Putin has a huge army. He has a very difficult political position because he has made a catastrophic blunder. The only option he now has is to continue to try to use his appalling grinding approach, led by artillery, to try to grind the Ukrainians down.”
The UK PM added that no matter what military superiority Russian dictator Vladimir Putin could use over the next few months, “he will not be able to conquer the spirit of the Ukrainian people.”
Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24th. Apr. 22 is the 58th day of a full-scale war against Russia. The invading forces tried to advance from the north, east and south, shelling peaceful cities throughout Ukraine from artillery and from the air.
From the first days of the war, the most difficult situation has been in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Mariupol. For more than a month, Russia shelled Kyiv and the outskirts of the capital, completely destroying a number of settlements.
At the moment, the invaders are trying to capture those territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts that were under Ukrainian governmental control before the war. The invaders are shelling the cities of the regions, the authorities are urging residents of settlements to evacuate. Part of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and Kharkiv Oblasts have also been occupied.
On Apr. 18, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a new address that the Russian invaders had begun the battle for Donbas, and had concentrated a significant part of their army to attack in eastern Ukraine.
On Apr. 22, Russia announced that during the “second phase” of the war against Ukraine, it plans to completely occupy Donbas and southern Ukraine, as well as provide a land corridor to Crimea.