August will mark a turning point in Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, and by the end of the year, active combat will be nearly over, Kyrylo Budanov, head of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate, told UK news channel ITV News in an interview published on June 25.
"Ukraine will return to its borders of 1991, there will be no other scenarios and we are not considering any other scenarios,” he said.
“Beginning in August, certain events will occur, that will demonstrate to the whole world that the turning point begins to take place."
Budanov believes that Ukraine will regain control over its currently occupied territories "in the foreseeable future."
“I have said it before and I'll say it again – before the end of the year, active fighting will decrease virtually to nothing,” he added, noting that Ukraine still needs more weapons in the meantime.
“We are adamant in our view. We will regain control over our territories in the foreseeable future.”
The intelligence chief also predicted that the war will end in disaster for Russia, saying that Putin will not succeed in his goals.
This is a tragedy that he led Russia and Ukraine to, and it will end up as a catastrophe for Russia. Nothing else,” he concluded.