Russian military planning mass infantry attacks, says President's Office
Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:Office of the President)
The Russian military leadership is planning mass infantry attacks akin to the tactics employed by the Soviet Union during World War II, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, told The New York Times in a written interview published on Dec. 18.
According to him, Russia has already recruited and trained soldiers who can be involved in mass infantry attacks. Podolyak called this one of several possible threats that Ukraine faces from Russia in the winter months.
"Russia’s political leadership clearly refuses to acknowledge the tactical defeats that already took place and grasps at any, even the most illusory, chances to change the situation in its favor," Podolyak said.
Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also stated that Russia would like to launch a new large-scale attack on Ukraine next year.
"We understand that they will want this — revengeful steps,” said the Ukrainian leader.
“They constantly want to usurp our state, occupy our state. I think they have not given up such thoughts yet.”
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi also stated that in February, Russia may launch a new offensive.
Zaluzhnyi noted that the offensive may take place not in Donbas, but in the direction of Kyiv from Belarus, and he does not rule out attacks on the southern axis.
According to the US-asbased Institute for the Study of War, in the coming months, Russian troops may resume attempts at offensive operations in two main areas: in the north-east of Ukraine along the border of Kharkiv and Luhansk oblasts or Donetsk Oblast.
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