Britain has been given a stark warning that Vladimir Putin is plotting “something absolutely atrocious” and the new British Prime Minister must be “prepared.”
Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko said that “nobody can be in the mind of that power-crazed leader” and added that recapturing Izium was a “huge strategic gain” for Ukraine.
Speaking about Putin attending the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in the Uzbek city of Samarkand, to prove her point, Vasylenko said the Russian tyrant said, “The Kiev authorities announced that they have launched and are conducting an active counter-offensive operation. Well, let’s see how it develops, how it ends up.”
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Speaking to Sky News Vasylenko said, “Ukraine is making confident advances in the north-east and the south-east of the country as well.
“We are making progress for our sake, but also for the sake of bringing back long-standing peace to the continent.”
The Ukrainian MP was asked what she thinks Putin might do next, she replied, “Nobody can be in the mind of that power-crazed leader.
“Whatever it is, we have to be prepared for it – we have to be prepared for it as Ukrainians, you have to be prepared for it in the UK.
“And actually, people worldwide need to be prepared that something absolutely atrocious, another crazy move, can happen any time.”
Vasylenko added, “For that, Ukrainians need to have the weapons to protect themselves, the ammunition in the necessary amount to protect themselves.
“And the West needs to be prepared to apply every sanction that there is in the book against Russia.”
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that Russia is likely to struggle to defend a key region in eastern Ukraine in the face of a fierce assault from Ukrainian forces.
The MoD’s daily Defence Intelligence said, “Ukraine continues offensive operations in the north-east of the country while Russian forces have established a defensive line between the Oskil River and the town of Svatove.
“Russia likely sees maintaining control of this zone as important because it is transited by one of the few main resupply routes Russia still controls from the Belgorod region of Russia.”
It added: “In addition, this line sits along the border of Luhansk Oblast, part of the Donbas, which Russia aims to ‘liberate’ as one of its immediate war aims.
“Any substantial loss of territory in Luhansk will unambiguously undermine Russia’s strategy.
“Russia will likely attempt to conduct a stubborn defence of this area, but it is unclear whether Russia’s front line forces have sufficient reserves or adequate morale to withstand another concerted Ukrainian assault.”