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Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov
The head of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry believes that the real number of those mobilized in Russia is more than indicated by the Kremlin.
Russia mobilized almost half a million people. Now she is preparing for offensives, according to preliminary information in two directions. In addition, there is a possibility that the aggressor country may “try something” on February 24th. This was stated by Minister of Defense Alexei Reznikov on the air of the French TV channel BFMTV.
The head of the department noted that Ukraine does not underestimate the Russian army. The Kremlin has mobilized 500,000 soldiers, he said.
“The official number is 300,000, but when we see troops at the borders, we estimate it is much more,” the official said.
He added that the Russians may try to attack in two directions: Donbass or southern Ukraine.
“We think that they (the Russians. – Ed.) live in symbolism and will try to try something around February 24,” Reznikov said.
The head of the Defense Ministry added that Ukraine must not lose the initiative, so it informs its partners that it must be ready for the actions of the Russians as soon as possible.
“That’s why we need weapons to deter the enemy, because in war everything is played on the initiative,” he said.
The Ukrainian official thanked France for the 12 new CAESAR self-propelled guns. He also stressed that Ukraine needs to quickly get air resources, and called for the training of Ukrainian pilots.
Recall that the British Ministry of Defense said that the Russian Federation does not exclude the possibility of holding another stage of calls as part of “partial mobilization.”
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