Putin preparing major offensive in new year, Ukraine defence minister warns

Wed, 4 Jan 2023 20:16:04 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Senior Ukrainian officials say Vladimir Putin is preparing for a major new
offensive in the new year, despite a series of humiliating battlefield setbacks
for Russia in recent months.

In an interview with the Guardian, Ukraine’s defence minister, Oleksii
Reznikov, said that while Ukraine was now able to successfully defend itself
against Russia’s missile attacks targeting key infrastructure, including the
energy grid, evidence was emerging that the Kremlin was preparing a broad new

Reznikov’s comments echoed similar remarks made to the Economist this week –
including from the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the head of the
armed forces, Gen Valerii Zaluzhnyi, and the chief of ground forces, Col Gen
Oleksandr Syrskii.

The briefings appeared to be part of a broad, coordinated effort to warn
against complacency among western allies and highlight the continuing threat
Russia poses to Ukraine.

While Reznikov suggested a new offensive could happen by February, the other
senior officials indicated they believed it might come as early as January."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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