April 1, 2023

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Ukrainian intelligence warns that Vladimir Putin has ordered his forces to capture Donbass by March

Vladimir Putin talks with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (EFE/File)

Vladimir Putin has ordered his forces to capture all of Donbas in eastern Ukraine by March, according to Ukrainian intelligence services, with a new offensive by Russian troops coming in the coming weeks.

Putin ordered the capture of Donetsk and Luhansk regions by March”, he declared Kyiv Post Andriy Chernyak, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, refers to the two regions that make up the Donbass.

Under this framework, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksii Reznikovwarned that Russia plans Launch a new military offensive on February 24On the first anniversary of the start of the invasion, Moscow said it had mobilized half a million soldiers.

“We believe that, Because they (Russians) live in code, they will try something on February 24”, Reznikov said in reports for the French TV channel BFM TV.

“Don’t underestimate the enemy”, he pointed out, before stressing that although Moscow had officially announced the mobilization of 300,000 people, “from what is seen on the borders, estimates suggest there are many more”.

Thus, the Russian forces,” he explained.They may try a two-pronged attack”.

“They can be Donbass and South”, he pointed out, before emphasizing that kyiv transfers to its partners, “it is necessary to be ready as soon as possible”. “We cannot lose the initiative,” argued the Ukrainian defense minister, who reiterated that “weapons are necessary to control the enemy, because everything in war depends on the initiative.”

A Ukrainian soldier in a front-line trench amid Russia's attack on Ukraine in the Donetsk region (Reuters)
A Ukrainian soldier in a front-line trench amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine in the Donetsk region (Reuters)

Russia has recently been able to pick up Solder, in eastern Ukraine, the first victory for Russian forces in months. In addition, Moscow has announced various regional developments in recent weeks in the Donetsk region, located in the east of the country, and its troops are advancing towards the strategic city. Bagmuth.

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In September, Putin announced the unification of the regions Donetsk, Luhansk, Gerson Y ZaporizhzhyaAll of them have been partially occupied since the start of the invasion ordered by the Russian president.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey LavrovHe confirmed on Thursday that everyone wants an end to Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, which began almost a year ago, but stressed that the important thing is not the timing, but the quality of Russia’s output.

We all want this to end, but the key here is not the time factor, the substance factor is key here, the quality factor of the results we deliver to our people. (…)”, he pointed out in an interview with the public television Rossía-24 and the official agency RÍA Nóvosti.

The foreign minister said the army’s job is to do their job, minimize casualties and not think about when it will end. “Our work, the work of diplomats, the work above all of our military, comrades who solve the most important tasks to guarantee our freedom, to people who want to be part of the culture, look after the interests of our culture. Russians, they will not think when it will end,” Russia’s military intervention, He said.

“They are driven by the desire to do their work accurately, quickly, without loss or to minimize loss,” he added.

Lavrov stressed that Russia is seeking to move Ukrainian troops to a safe distance from Russia, and that “the longer the West provides the Kyiv regime with long-range weapons, the more necessary it is to move them away from Russian borders.”

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The head of Russian diplomacy also said that no one is trying to convince Ukraine to return to the negotiating table as early as March 2022.

(with information from Europa Press and EFE)

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