Major General Kovalchuk: We are preparing for possible offensive from Belarus in late February

Major General Kovalchuk: We are preparing for possible offensive from Belarus in late February

Head of the Operational Command South, Major General Andrii Kovalchuk has said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing for a possible offensive of the Russian troops from the north, from the territory of Belarus at the end of February.

"We are considering a possible offensive from Belarus at the end of February, maybe later. We are preparing for it. We are investigating. We look at where they accumulate strength and means. We are preparing," Kovalchuk said in an interview with Sky News.

He does not rule out another wave of mobilization in Russia. At the same time, he notes that no matter how many soldiers the president of the aggressor country sends to war, the Ukrainian defense forces are ready to fight, but they need even stronger support from Western allies.

“I believe that our position and the position of our partners today should be clear. If Putin carries out a full mobilisation, our partners are ready to provide us with all the force and means to stop not an army of 300,000, but an army of a million,” Kovalchuk said.

In the immediate term, the general said Ukraine needs weapons from Western allies that are intended for offensive operations. In particular, Ukraine needs both tanks and planes, as well as “a reliable air defence system that is at least 95% effective".

"We need more collective weapons - not an assault rifle, but a machine gun; not a projectile, but a cluster munition. There is a corresponding counteraction to the enemy's actions. We are sure that our partners will help us in this matter - those who want [us] to win. Because it is not only Ukraine winning today, but the entire civilized world. And we must win," he said,

The general is convinced that Ukraine will retake all its territories occupied by Russia, including Crimea.

"Crimea is a must - it is only a matter of time," the general said, sitting in front of a line of flags representing different regions in the south of Ukraine, including the peninsula,” Kovalchuk said.


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