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It will be incredibly difficult for Ukraine to oust Russia militarily - Bryza

17 September, 2023 Sunday
15:22

Former US Secretary of State Matthew Bryza says that Ukrainian Neptune missiles pose a threat to the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Putin may find himself in an uncomfortable military and economic situation in Crimea

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He shared his opinions with Espreso TV. 

"It's going to be incredibly difficult for Ukraine to push all Russian troops out of Donbas, Crimea and other areas that Russian troops are occupying now. And the ATACMS and the F-16s are absolutely essential for that to be able to happen. But even with those weapons, it will be extremely difficult because President Putin obviously does not care how many Russian men are killed in battle. Russia has a big population. It has almost unlimited stocks of the bombs I was talking about earlier. So it will be very difficult simply to push Russia out militarily," Bryza said.

According to him, great expectations are placed on the destruction of Russian logistics.

"If Ukraine continues and can use its precision guided munitions, it's drones and it's other clever attacks to destroy the Kerch Bridge, and then to expand it's offensive, it's breaking through the first now starting the second line of defense of Russia north of Crimea and in northwest of Mariupol," Bryza explained.

Matthew Bryza added that Putin could find himself in an unacceptable military and economic situation in Crimea.

" If the Ukrainian counter offensive can cut off the logistics route also from Russia through Donetsk, Mariupol and down to Crimea, then Russia will face a very difficult situation finding itself not able to supply Crimea. And if you add to that Ukraine's Neptune missiles that we've talked about that will threaten the Black Sea Fleet, Putin could soon find himself in an unacceptable military and economic situation in Crimea. And at that point, I think he will have to come to the negotiating table," emphasized Bryza.

  • On September 14, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said that the Ukrainian military had liberated the village of Andriivka near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, but the 3rd Brigade denied the statement and called it false.

  • On September 14, the Ukrainian Defense Forces successfully advanced near Klishchiivka, Donetsk region. On the morning of September 15, the Ukrainian General Staff reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had captured Andriivka.

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