A new Russian assault on Ukraine in February isn't likely, Head of State Property Fund of Ukraine, who participated in peace talks after Feb. 24, 2022, Rustem Umerov, said on Facebook on Jan. 21.
This statement contradicts earlier an earlier report by U.S. media outlet Daily Beast, which quoted Umerov as saying that “the Kremlin might be preparing for a fresh advance which could begin as soon as in February.”
“The assault would come from the north, over the Belarusian border, from the Russian strongholds in the east of Ukraine and from the south, where the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea was seized by Vladimir Putin's forces in 2014 and nearby cities of Melitopol and Zaporizhzhya (which has not been occupied — ed.) are now also under Russian control," the article reads.
"Russians are encircling us from 240 degrees, attacking from the Black Sea, from Belarus and the Luhansk and Donetsk regions," Umerov reportedly told the outlet.
However, Umerov claims that he never made these statements.
He also added that the outlet promptly reacted to his request and changed the wording to correct one. Now, it reads that "Ukraine was threatened from many directions but did not specify where the attacks could come from."
The Washington Post reported recently that the CIA Director William J. Burns traveled in secret to Kyiv to brief President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about Russia’s near-future military plan.
Ukraine's Defense Minister has speculated that Russia may launch a new assault in spring.