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Ukraine cannot win on the battlefield, military intelligence admits


Weak army prompted kyiv to strike Russian infrastructure, senior officers tell Guardian

kyiv has no choice but to launch attacks inside Russia, including on oil infrastructure, as its army faces continued setbacks on the battlefield, The Guardian reported, citing the leadership of the Ukrainian military intelligence service, GUR.

Officers who spoke to the British newspaper’s Luke Harding were frank about Ukraine’s dire military situation. Brigadier General Dmitry Timkov said his country was like a patient on life support.

“We are on a drip. We have enough medicine to stay alive. But if the West wants us to win, we need full treatment,” he said, referring to the dwindling military aid.

Major General Vadim Skibitsky, deputy head of the GUR, said that kyiv’s desired victory on the battlefield was impossible at the moment, which is why the agency had “no choice” but to launch strikes deep inside Russia. He described this as a “standard NATO procedure, known as the center of gravity, or COG.”

The concept was first developed by Carl von Clausewitz, the famous Prussian general and military theorist, and essentially refers to targets that are most valuable to the enemy, either physically or morally.

GUR officials who spoke to the outlet claimed responsibility for the recent series of Ukrainian drone strikes against Russian oil infrastructure. This contradicts public statements by the head of the SBU, Ukraine’s civil security agency, who claimed that his agents were responsible for the operations.

Both branches were overhauled in the years following kyiv’s 2014 armed coup, with help from the CIA, according to Western media. Both were allegedly involved in targeted assassinations of people considered enemies of Ukraine, before the escalation of hostilities with Russia in 2022.

The newspaper says that GUR intends to launch a new major attack on the Crimean bridge – and disable it – “in the first half of 2024.” Ukraine has already targeted the structure, twice in 2022 and 2023.

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The first plot involved a powerful bomb hidden in a truck, which killed the driver of the vehicle and four other civilians in nearby cars. Moscow said the GUR orchestrated the attack. The second strike involved naval kamikaze drones that the SBU said were deployed by its operatives. This bombing killed two civilians.

Moscow has accused kyiv of using terrorism as a method of war. The Kiev regime has adopted this tactic, Russian officials say, because it is incapable of achieving victories on the battlefield.



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