Kuleba says that Russia is preparing for a major offensive in the first two months of 2023

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Russia is preparing to launch a major offensive in the first two months of 2023.

The statement was made to reporters from an anti-aircraft shelter in central Kyiv on Tuesday, Ukrinform reported.

According to Kuleba, Russia has failed to regain momentum after Ukrainian forces regained control of Kherson in November, but he notes that Putin will insist on a quick advance. News.ro.

“I think Russia’s ability to launch a large-scale offensive could be restored somewhere by the end of January, February, but that’s what they’re trying to do. In a very optimistic scenario. [pentru Rusia]Taking into account the mobilization, the recruitment and training of new recruits they have announced and the movement of heavy weapons across the country, they still hold out hope that they will be able to break through our borders and advance deep into Ukraine. ,” Kuleba said.

According to him, Ukraine’s immediate concern is to restore electricity throughout the country following six missile strikes by Russia since October 10, 2022.

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“(Russia’s – ed.) The aim is to destroy the Ukrainian energy system and leave millions of people without access to electricity, water and heating at low temperatures. Without electricity, water and heat, Putin hopes that Ukrainians will stop resisting. And accept Russian ultimatums, but this is a A serious miscalculation. The terror of Russian missiles will not destroy Ukraine,” Kuleba stressed.

He qualified the aid conference in Paris as a “huge victory” to raise emergency funds to get Ukraine through the winter.

While rocket and artillery attacks from both sides continue, Kuleba acknowledged that Ukraine is depleting its arsenal at an alarming rate. He called not only for long-range missiles, but also for 155 mm cannons, one of the mainstays of the Ukrainian ground forces, for defensive and offensive operations.

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Kuleba: The weapon we need most is the 155 mm howitzers

“The weapon we need most are 155mm howitzers. This war is mostly an artillery war, and Russia still dominates the battlefield in terms of the number of guns it uses and the number of shells these guns fire,” Kuleba said.

Ukraine needs the 155mm guns to destroy Russian targets in occupied Ukrainian territories to help stop a Russian offensive expected in January or February, Kuleba added.

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