There will be no nuclear strike, Crimea should return home by summer - Kyrylo Budanov
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: January 31 2023 at 02:13 pm

The Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, said that "we must do everything to ensure that Crimea returns home by summer".

This was reported by the press service of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.

According to Major General Kyrylo Budanov, this year Russia will focus on occupying more territory in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. He calls a renewed offensive from Belarus unlikely, as such a move could only indicate an intention to distract and divide the Defense Forces.

Major General Kyrylo Budanov
Major General Kyrylo Budanov

When asked by the Washington Post whether he believes that the entry of Ukrainian troops into the temporarily occupied Crimea will prompt Russian President Putin to use nuclear weapons, the Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine said: "This is not true. And Crimea will be returned to us. I will tell you more: it all started in Crimea in 2014, and it will end there. This is a scare tactic.

Russia is a country from which you can expect a lot of things, but not outright idiocy. I'm sorry, but it's not going to happen. A nuclear strike would lead not just to Russia's military defeat, but to the collapse of Russia. And they know this very well."

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