Ukrainian top general says war will enter critical phase in two months

  • 9 May, 12:42

The war in Ukraine will enter a critical stage in the next two months, head of Ukrainian Ground Forces Lieutenant General Oleksandr Pavliuk has said. The military official made the remarks in an interview with the Economist.
"Russia understands that if we manage to procure sufficient weaponry within the next month or two, the tide of the conflict could shift unfavorably for them," Pavliuk stated.

He emphasized the urgent necessity for enhanced air defense capabilities, noting that the expected arrival of F-16 fighter jets by early June would provide a substantial psychological lift for Ukraine.
The lieutenant general further indicated that Russia's focus remains on the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. However, intelligence suggests that Russian forces will soon attempt to stretch Ukrainian defenses by launching attacks in the north-eastern districts of Kharkiv and Sumy.

"Russia is currently assessing the stability of our defensive lines before determining the most viable direction of attack," the general remarked.

He also emphasized that Russia has not abandoned its aspiration to ultimately seize Kyiv.

"Protecting Kyiv remains a top priority for us, regardless of the challenges we face in the eastern regions. It represents the heart of Ukraine, and we recognize the pivotal role that defending the capital will play in the future," Pavliuk asserted.

One of the chief priorities on the general's agenda is the establishment of ten new brigades in anticipation of a potential Russian offensive. Pavliuk stressed the urgent need for artillery and armored vehicles within the Ukrainian Armed Forces, expressing hope that the West will provide support in this regard. He mentioned that a portion of these newly formed brigades will be deployed to safeguard the capital.

The news outlet suggested that Russian commanders are deploying all available combat resources to assess the resilience of Ukraine's fatigued and under-equipped troops, especially as U.S. assistance is just starting to reach the front lines.

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