Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valeriy Zaluzhny, has stated that one of the main tasks of the army is to “create reserves and prepare for a war that may take place in February, at best in March, at worst at the end of January,” he explained in an interview The Economist.
“It may start not from Donbas, but towards Kyiv, from Belarus, I do not exclude the southern direction. We have done all the calculations — how many tanks, artillery and so on and so forth we need. This is what everyone needs to focus on right now.”
Zaluzhny added: “May the soldiers in the trenches forgive me, now it is more important to focus on accumulating resources for more protracted and heavy fighting that may begin next year,” he told The Economist.
In his opinion, the enemy's task today is to exhaust the armed forces of Ukraine. “Therefore, as during the Second World War, I have no doubt, most likely, new resources are being prepared somewhere beyond the Urals. They are preparing 100 percent,” he said.
The Commander-in-Chief explained that “these will no longer be the resources that could have been in two years of truce. That's not going to happen. The combat potential will be very, very low, even if he recruits another million people into the army to throw corpses, as Zhukov did, it will not bring the desired result in any case.”
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Zaluzhny went on to say: “The next task that we have is, first of all, to hold this line and not lose any more positions. It is very important. Because I know that it is ten to fifteen times harder to release it than not to surrender. So our task now is to hold on,” he said.
The General added: “The second strategic task is to prepare for this war, which may happen in February. To be able to wage war with fresh forces and reserves.”