Ukraine expects a massive Russian attack on Kiev early next year

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Russian forces targeted Kherson yesterday, Thursday, with more than 16 raids, killing two people and causing power outages in city.

Zelensky added that the Donbass and Kharkiv regions have also come under “brutal Russian attacks,” as he described them.

This comes as Ukrainian army commander Valery Zaluzhny expected Russia to launch a new attack on Kiev in early 2023, after fighting concentrated months ago in the east and south of the country, according to Agence France-Presse.

Zaluzhny said, in an interview with the British weekly The Economist, that there is a “very important strategic task for us, which is to create reserves and prepare for the war that could break out in February, at the latest in March, and at the earliest possible deadlines. ” at the end of January.” He added: “I have no doubt that they will try again to take control of Kiev.

In the interview, the head of the Ukrainian army confirmed that he had done “all the calculations; how many tanks and artillery do we need, etc.” to repel the potential attack.

Zaluzhny believed that the Ukrainian military is currently facing a “problem” of “holding the line” of the current front that stretches from south to east, and “not losing any more ground”, after defeating Russian forces in September from Kharkiv (northeast) Kherson (south) regions in early November.

According to the Ukrainian army chief, the Russians have been bombing the country’s energy infrastructure since October after a series of humiliating setbacks, because “they need time” to “put in common their human and military resources” in view of the launch of a new major offensive in the coming months.

He also indicated, in his interview with The Economist, that the national energy grid is “walking a razor’s edge”, considering it “possible” to be completely out of commission, if it receives new missile and drone attacks.

The Russian military began its war against Ukraine in late February and has been trying to quickly control Kiev by sending forces from Belarus, which borders Ukraine from the north.

Russian forces closed within tens of kilometers of the center of the Ukrainian capital, before withdrawing from the region in late March and early April. in what was considered a victory for the Ukrainian military.

Strikes cause power outages on a daily basis in across the country, leaving millions of Ukrainians in the cold and in the dark in midwinter.

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