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Russia will attack along entire front line for at least two more months - Colonel Selezniov

3 February, 2024 Saturday

Ukrainian Colonel Vladyslav Selezniov says that in 2024, Russia allocated about $120bn to support its army, that is, the unit involved in the so-called 'special military operation,' as well as the activities of the Russian defence industry

He said this in an interview with Antin Borkovskyi, host of the Studio West program on Espreso TV.

"I think that for at least another two months we will constantly face the fact that the enemy will attack along the entire 1,350-km combat line, thus looking for some kind of gap in the Ukrainian system of defence and protective structures. It is clear that Russia's army will be eager to present Putin with some kind of gift for his next re-election as president of the Russian Federation. Of course, such challenges and risks exist given the rather serious intensification of hostilities, in particular in the Kupyansk-Lyman area. I am not talking about the situation, but about trends. In addition, we see how turbulent the processes are in the area of Avdiivka and south of it. And of course, the enemy is still dreaming that they will be able to stabilise the situation on the southern front of the Russian-Ukrainian front, in particular in the area of Robotyne and on the left bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region. The enemy has a lot of plans. But the key question is whether the enemy army has enough resources?” noted the Ukrainian Armed Forces colonel.

According to him, in 2024, the Russian Federation has allocated about $120 billion to support its own army, that is, the unit involved in the so-called special military operation, as well as the activities of the Russian defence industry.

"Do the Ukrainian forces get the same results of funding? The answer is still up in the air. Yes, we have good relations as a result of the meeting of representatives of the European Union countries, it is the same 50 billion euros for the next four years, but not all of this money will be used to meet the military needs of the Ukrainian Defence Forces. So, we are waiting for news from overseas, but it is not yet known how quickly this decision will be made. But the fact that the Ukrainian army is facing a serious shortage of everything it needs on the battlefield right now is obvious. I think that it is not without reason that General Zaluzhnyi, in his publication for CNN, details what exactly the Ukrainian army needs in the context of the fact that certain resource capabilities of our Western partners have been depleted. They will definitely not be able to meet all the needs of the Ukrainian Defence Forces at the level of 2023 or 2022," Vladyslav Selezniov summed up.

  • In December 2023, the commander of the Tavria forces, Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces faced a shortage of artillery shells and were forced to curtail some operations due to a lack of assistance from Western allies.
  • On February 3, a report by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) stated that Russian troops were taking advantage of the lack of ammunition in Ukraine and the inability of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to conduct sufficient counter-battery operations.
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