After 80 days of war, the Ukrainian authorities are well aware that the conflict will last for a long time. But recent events could tip the conflict to their advantage, they believe. In an interview granted to British television, Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, even predicted a “turning point” in August and a defeat for Russia “before the end of the year”.
The victory will “not be easy” to obtain but it “will happen”, even extended Kyrylo Budanov in this interview with the British channel Sky News, saying he was “optimistic” about the sequence of events. “We will restore Ukrainian power in all the territories we have lost” since 2014, “including Donbass and Crimea”, he assured.
The Russian army is progressing only slowly
The Ukrainian spy chief bases his certainty of victory on recent events. True, Russian forces continue to strike Donbass. The situation remains difficult “along the entire front line” in Donetsk, where towns and villages are without electricity after night bombardments.
But the Russians fail to make a “significant hold” there in terms of cities or territories. According to him, “Ukrainian artillery thwarts (their efforts) to gain ground, including their efforts to cross the Donets River”. Ten Russian attacks were also repelled in 24 hours around Donetsk and Lugansk. In particular, the Russians have been trying for three weeks to cross a river that has become strategic and which flows north of the town of Bilogorivka, in the Lugansk region, in vain.
More than 1,000 localities liberated
“Our armed forces are repelling the enemy and residents are starting to return to their homes,” said Oleg Synegoubov, provincial governor, while calling on those who had fled the fighting not to return immediately to the liberated areas where, according to he, “the enemy has mined absolutely everything: courtyards of buildings, forests, roadsides, even children’s beds”.
The situation has apparently already reversed in Kharkiv, yet one of the priority targets for the Russians, but who have withdrawn from the city, according to the Ukrainian general staff. “The gradual liberation of the Kharkiv region proves that we will leave no one to the enemy,” noted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, announcing that the recovery of territories that fell into Russian hands was continuing. “As of today, 1,015 localities have been liberated, six more in the last 24 hours. »
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