Kyiv’s Western partners should be more active in providing weapons to Ukraine due to the threat of a new large-scale offensive by Russia, director of the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies Hryhoriy Perepelytsia said in an interview with Radio NV on Jan. 17.
“If America and Europe do not provide us with the amount of weapons that our Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Zaluzhnyy spoke about, then this two-million-strong (Russian) army will march into Ukraine in the summer,” Perepelytsia told Radio NV.
“And then it will be too late to ask for these weapons,” he added.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is reshaping his so-called “special military operation” into a large-scale, long-term war of attrition, the expert said.
“That’s why he’s putting the economy on a war footing, mobilizing resources. He will likely introduce martial law in Russia in February. That is, the final goals – the destruction of Ukraine as a state and the destruction of Ukrainians as a nation – still remain.
“And Putin believes that he will still achieve (these goals) at the second attempt,” Perepelytsia added.
In an interview with the UK news magazine the Economist in early December 2022, Zaluzhnyy said that Ukrainian army needs 300 tanks, 600-700 BMPs, and 500 howitzers.
Meanwhile, he stated that the enemy could launch a new major offensive in February 2023.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on Jan. 10 that the Russian Federation is gathering forces for another escalation, but the defeat of the aggressor has to be inevitable.