A Ukrainian military commander has said Russia may try to invade from the north, potentially around the anniversary of when Vladimir Putin first ordered his troops to invade Ukraine.
Maj Gen Andrii Kovalchuk warned that the fiercest fighting may yet come and called on western allies to support Ukraine with lethal weapons, including potentially cluster munitions.
In an interview with Sky News, he said he could “foresee” that Russian forces may try to invade Ukraine from the north, the east and the south, maybe even on 24 February – on the anniversary of when Russian troops invaded the country.
We foresee such options, such scenarios. We are preparing for it. We live with the thought that they will attack again. This is our task.
Ukraine was “considering a possible offensive from Belarus at the end of February, maybe later”, he said.
He said Kyiv would be better prepared to fend Putin’s troops, adding that “it will no longer be the case that they will simply walk in, as was the case on 24 February”.
Last Updated: 05:36 Saturday, 17 December 2022