Russian forces are bracing for a Ukrainian onslaught and are dug in trenches behind the front lines ready to stop Kyiv with their advance into Crimea.
As the winter months are setting in Russian troops will stuck in trenches with temperatures hitting at least -30C whilst Ukrainian forces will sit back and wait until perhaps, the New Year before they start their counteroffensive.
By this time Russian morale will be low, thousands will be sick as they have inadequate winter clothing unlike the Ukrainian troops.
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Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, formerly commander of the US Army in Europe, told Times Radio that he expects Ukraine will start their “decisive phase” of the war in January to recapture Crimea which was annexed in 2014 by Moscow.
General Hodges believes that Kyiv are in high level discussions with the UK with a list of military hardware required to recapture the port city of Sevastopol in Crimea, and only yesterday the British Defence Minister Ben Wallace announced that three Sea King helicopters are being sent.
Lieutenant General Hodges told Times Radio, “I imagine that Ukraine would have conveyed to the United Kingdom their requirements, things that they need, and it could be in anticipation of needing a particular maritime capability.
“For sure, in my view, Ukraine is going to be operating in and around Sevastopol by the end of next summer.
“The decisive phase of this campaign is probably going to start, I think, in January or February.
“That is when Ukrainian forces will be in a position to begin that decisive phase, the liberation of Crimea.”
The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that Russia are preparing for Ukrainian breakthroughs and have set up trenches and fortifications around 60 miles behind the front lines.
Mick Ryan, military strategist and retired Australian army major general said, “The armed forces of Ukraine seized the initiative in this war some time ago.
“They have momentum. There is no way that they will want to waste that.”