The war in Ukraine could reach a “watershed” by August and end with the defeat of Russia before the end of the year, the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence told Britain’s Sky News on Saturday.
General Kirillo Budanov, 36, told the news network that he was “optimistic” about the current course of the conflict.
He added that the “watershed will come in the second half of August,” according to Agence France-Presse AFP).
He said that “most of the actual combat operations will be over by the end of this year, as a result, Ukraine will regain control of all the areas we lost, including Donbass and Crimea.”
The battles are currently intensifying in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, where Russia has recently reinforced its troops without making any significant progress.
“We know everything about our enemy,” Budanov said. We know about their plans around the time they were prepared.”
Without providing evidence, he said that a coup was being prepared in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin and that the Russian leader was “very sick” with cancer.