Ukraine to defeat ‘great and invincible’ Russian army – Budanov

30 January, 01:13 PM
Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Ukraine will defeat the “great and invincible” army of Russia the same way that David defeated Goliath, chief of the Ukrainian intelligence or HUR Kyrylo Budanov said in an interview with Polish newspaper Wirtualna Polska on Jan. 29.

Budanov said people need to rid themselves of the idea of the war as something static, “frozen” or permanent.

“This is a mistake – in my opinion, (war is) a living substance,” Budanov said.

“Our enemy, as we see, changes and adapts to the situation. It analyzes and implements new solutions, tactical and operational. Or it even develops new strategic goals.”

Video of day

He also said that the Russian army and its “might” were just a myth.

“But I think that we, Ukrainians, helped the world to dispel stories about the invincible Russian army,” Budanov said.

Budanov drew a parallel with the English thwarting invasion by Spain in the 16th century, and the Biblical tale of David defeating the giant Goliath.

“Let me turn back to history,” Budanov said. “During the times of Queen Elizabeth I,the English defeated the Spanish fleet at sea, the Great and Invincible Armada. We will also defeat the ‘great and invincible’ army of Russia – just like David defeated Goliath.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, apparently with the goal of carrying out regime change in Ukraine in a short military intervention – some Russian troops were found to have been carrying dress uniforms with them, apparently in anticipation of holding a victory parade within days in Kyiv.

Russian troops also had very few rations and provisions with them, also indicating their commanders expected a swift victory.

Instead, Ukraine resisted fiercely, defeating the Russian invasion force attempting to capture Kyiv in just over a month.

Russia has since lost control of about half of the territory it seized in the initial phase of its full-scale invasion and war in Ukraine.

However, following a mobilization in Russia, the front lines have stabilized to a great extent, with Russia continuing to make only very small gains in the area of the Donetsk Oblast town of Bakhmut, and Ukraine making small gains in Luhansk Oblast.

Ukraine says it needs heavy weapons – tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and artillery, to make a decisive breakthrough and expel all Russian invading forces from Ukraine, including Crimea and the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that have been under Russian military occupation since 2014.

Ukraine has been promised such aid from its military allies, but it is unlikely to arrive and enter battle before April.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google News

Ukraine Today
Fresh daily newsletter covering the top headlines and developments in Ukraine
Daily at 9am EST
Show more news