Ukraine’s military intelligence chief says he’s ‘optimistic’ that Russia will be defeated by the end of the year

Major General Kyrylo Budanov speaks to Sky News.

  • Russia will be defeated by the end of the year, Ukraine’s military intelligence chief has told Sky News.
  • Mid-August will be a major turning point in the war, Major General Kyrylo Budanov said.
  • Budanov is “optimistic” about Ukraine taking back lost territories in the Donbass and Crimea.
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Russia will be defeated by the end of the year, with mid-August being the major turning point in the war, the head of Ukrainian military intelligence predicted.

Speaking to Sky News, Major General Kyrylo Budanov said he was “optimistic” about Ukraine’s prospects in the bloody war.

“The breaking point will be in the second half of August,” Budanov told Sky News.

“Most of the active combat actions will be completed by the end of this year,” he continued. “As a result, we will renew Ukrainian power over all our territories that we have lost, including Donbass and Crimea.”

Russia’s military tactics have not changed much despite the military’s refocusing of efforts towards the east of the country, Budanov added, according to Sky News.

Russia is suffering major setbacks in the war, Budanov said. The Washington Post reported that it would take “years” for Russia to recover from the military losses it suffered.

A significant setback occurred this week when Ukraine prevented Russia from crossing a key bridge in the east of the country after a three-day battle in which Russia suffered heavy equipment losses in a operation “very risky”, announced Friday the British intelligence services.

“I can confirm that they suffered heavy losses in manpower and armor, and I can say that when the artillery strikes happened, many crews abandoned their equipment,” Budanov told SkyNews.

Photos released by the Ukrainian military reportedly show pontoon bridges and destroyed armored vehicles on the Siverskyi Donets River in eastern Ukraine

Budanov described the “myth” of Russia’s supposed military power, which, he added, Europe sees as a powerful threat.

“It’s not as powerful as that,” he said. “It’s a horde of people with weapons.”

Sky News noted that Budanov’s predictions were previously correct. He accurately predicted when the Russian invasion would occur while others in his government were publicly skeptical of such claims, the outlet reported.

Budanov’s optimism follows a comment made on Friday by former prime minister to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking to DW, Mikhail Kasyanov, Putin’s prime minister between 2000 and 2004, said Putin seemed “a bit nervous”.

Putin has “already started to realize that he is losing this war,” Kasyanov said, according to DW.

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