Ukraine did not plan to strike Moscow on invasion anniversary, official says

24 April, 10:22 PM
Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:REUTERS/Sergiy Voloshyn)

Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:REUTERS/Sergiy Voloshyn)

Ukraine did not plan to strike Moscow on the anniversary of the Russian invasion – that would have been “infantile and unreasonable,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in a Twitter post on April 24.

“We are all once again witnessing a bizarre media hype...,” said Podolyak.

“On the anniversary of the war, Ukraine planned to strike Moscow with all its might, but its partners forced it to change its decision,’ said an authoritative U.S. media in a conspiracy-like tone. Of course, without any details or logic. So, I have a simple question: what (would have been) the purpose of this? What task would such a one-time action solve? Would it change the course of the war? Would it make the Russians run away? Would it eliminate the need for weapons?”

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According to Podolyak, the article, which referred to "anonymous sources," serves only one purpose: to shape public opinion in the West that Ukraine is supposedly "an unreasonable, infantile, and impulsive country that cannot be trusted with serious weapons."

He argues, instead, that Kyiv is approaching the ongoing conflict with a logical military strategy that involves using available long-range weapons to minimize losses while destroying Russian fortifications in occupied Ukrainian territories.

“We need long-range missiles to destroy Russian logistics in occupied territories and various types of aviation to protect the skies and destroy Russian fortifications,” the adviser said.

“These are the main components of successful counter-offensive operations and minimizing losses.”

On April 24, The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, reported that on the anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion on Feb. 24, Ukraine was preparing massive strikes on Moscow, but backed down at the request of the United States.

On April 17, Ukrainian Military Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov talked about the capabilities of Ukrainian drones, stating that they can reach "Moscow and beyond."

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