Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov shared optimistic forecasts that active hostilities between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Russian occupation forces will cease by the end of 2022.
Source : Reznikov’s speech at the GLOBSEC-2022 International Security Forum in Bratislava
Reznikov’s direct speech : “Russia continues to make efforts to occupy our entire state.
It is currently impossible to predict when the war will end, but I am optimistic that it will be possible to do so later this year. “
Details : Reznikov reminded the audience that the Kremlin’s plans are based on the belief that all the lands around Russia are “theirs”, so they must be “returned”. The minister added that the next victims of Russian military aggression would be Poland, the Baltic states, Slovakia and others if Ukraine and its partners do not stop Russia and weaken its military power.
He also said that the Russian army had testified to the world that its image as the “second army of the world” had turned out to be false. Instead, Ukraine saw not a regular army of the modern state, but a pack of murderers, looters and rapists.
The Minister of Defense insisted that at the NATO summit in Madrid, Ukraine should be included in the Alliance’s strategy for the next 10 years, because it is in the interests of the entire civilized world. In his opinion, NATO should start the process of Ukraine’s de facto accession to the Alliance, if this is not yet possible de jure.
The Ukrainian Defense Forces are currently focused on repelling enemy troops from all of Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories, and Kyiv will then consider how to ensure Ukraine’s security when Russia is its neighbor.Background :The leadership of the Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate has acknowledged that the Kremlin will not give up its initial intentions to conquer Ukraine, so the active phase of hostilities may drag on until the end of winter and even longer.Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine , said earlier that “there will be no feeling of victory on either side” until the winter.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg believes that the Russian-Ukrainian war could last for years.
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