Vladimir Putin will probably want to use the mobilized soldiers in the occupied territories, but the destruction of these forces will not be difficult for us – said in an interview with the German daily “Bild” Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to the head of the office of President Volodymyr Zelensky for strategic communication in the field of national security and defense.
According to Arestovych’s estimates, the first wave of mobilization is about 100,000 new soldiers, sent to the front a few days after recruitment, poorly equipped and without basic training. – I think many of them will die. Some of them have already died in the Kharkiv region, added an advisor to President Zelensky.
In areas that Putin wants to annex as a result of pseudo-refends, Ukraine continues its offensive. – We almost surrounded Russian forces there. We also stopped the Russian offensive at Bakhmut – said Arestovych. He predicts that Putin will send a lot of troops to defend this area.
How to fight a “professional boxer”
– (Putin) could have issued an ultimatum saying that he is defending territory Russia, threaten us with tactical nuclear weapons. But I think it’s just a bluff. I think he just wants to improve his bargaining position. He wants to scare us and start negotiations – said Zelensky’s adviser. In his opinion, Russian threats to use nuclear weapons “are an information attack, not a real threat.”
As he estimated, when it comes to new Russian recruits, “dozens” may have died in the last few days. “They are poorly equipped, have no medications, and are armed with rusty rifles.” They don’t have any training at all. It’s like sending students to fight a professional boxer – assesses Arestovych.
“Russians lost 70 percent of their army”
– We destroyed the regular Russian army. Now they want to mobilize people to defend or attack. The Russians lost 70 percent of their army, I do not see a winning strategy for Putin, the adviser said. Now Putin, he said, “will try to defend the annexed territory and threaten with tactical nuclear weapons.” – He may try to provoke negotiations by using the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia or threaten to blow up Ukrainian gas lines – argues Arestovych.
– Our president announced today that if Putin annexes our territories, there will be no negotiations. Finito. We will see it on the battlefield – emphasized the presidential adviser. As he predicts, the war will not last longer than the summer of 2023, unless it ends “unexpectedly if something happens in Moscow.”
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