Podolyak warned that in the course of the counter-offensive, losses could not be avoided.
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, said that the war in Ukraine is entering its final phase, during which a counteroffensive and the liberation of the occupied territories will take place.
“We are now entering the final phase, the question is how long it will take. It may drag on a little, because the Russians, with all the loud statements, have concentrated the rest of their resources and want to go into the so-called positional war. They want to dig in certain parts of the territory , as they did in 2015,” the Today website quotes Podolyak .
The actions of the occupiers are called primitive and predictable by the adviser to the head of the OP.
“At first they entered with aplomb -” we will bring everyone to their knees here in three days. “And now they are doing the same as in 2015. They dug in certain territories, they begin to bring their clowns there from the Crimea, from the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, migrants from Russia who create a picture by type – Zaporozhye region, Kherson region and so on want to join us here,” he said.
According to Podolyak, the intentions of the Russian Federation to move the war into a protracted phase are extremely unfavorable for Ukraine, because it needs to unblock all the occupied territories, including Donbass.
“Ukraine needs to drive all these “strange guys” away. This phase of the war, which will be called the counteroffensive phase, will be tough enough for us, and, unfortunately, we will lose our people … But we will have to do this bloody phase of the liberation of our territories survive anyway,” he said.
Earlier, Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov said that Russia was preparing to wage a long-term war . “In many ways, Russia is preparing for a long-term military operation. The war is moving into a protracted phase. We see how in the Kherson region, in the Zaporozhye region, Russian invaders are actively carrying out engineering and fortification work in order to switch to defense if necessary,” he said.