CNN: Russia will not be ready for a large-scale offensive in Ukraine until May
Russia will only be able to restore its depleted forces in Ukraine by May to the point where they are ready to launch a new large-scale offensive. This is reported by CNN with reference to its sources among the US military.
Despite the increase in the number of Russian troops in the occupied territories of Ukraine, as well as near them, Kiev's Western allies do not see an increase in the combat power of these formations.
One of the channel's interlocutors said that Russia's intentions to launch a large-scale offensive now are “rather a desire than real plans.”
A similar assessment is given in London. The British official noted that it is unlikely that the Russian military will be able to increase the level of interaction, and therefore “Russia is unlikely to make serious progress.”
A senior US military official said that the US military estimates that the Russian Defense Ministry will need time until May, to restore their troops to a state that allows them to launch an offensive. Despite this, the Russian army may go on the offensive earlier due to the pressure exerted on the military.
The Ukrainian diplomat believes that if the Russian offensive starts now, the army will have enough strength to “take one or two small towns in the Donbass.”
- Malyar said that in some Russian assault units, the losses are up to 80%.