Bild: Russia plans to invade Ukraine in late January or early February , and drew up a map of the offensive on several fronts. The map was published by The Washington Post.
According to intelligence documents, Moscow plans to involve 100 battalion tactical groups of up to 175,000 troops in the offensive. As a spokesman for the US administration clarified, speaking on condition of anonymity, the scale of the forces “is twice that which we saw last spring during Russia's operational exercises near the borders of Ukraine.” It is also allegedly planned to use armored vehicles and artillery.
Materials on the topic00:01 – April 16 “We have nowhere to retreat” Ukraine 17:26 – 23 November DPR and Ukraine declare mutual shelling and are preparing for war. Why are Russia accused of aggravating the situation in Donbass? p>Sources in NATO and security services told the German newspaper Bild that the attack could take place in late January or early February. At the first stage, it is planned to enter from the south of Ukraine in order, according to informed sources, to ensure supplies to Crimea, as well as to cut off Ukraine from the sea.
In parallel, Moscow plans to transfer Russian tank units to the Lugansk and Kharkov regions and advance to the large cities of Dnepr and Poltava in the north-east of the country. It is clarified that, first of all, in the cities they will cut off electricity, gas and cut off the supply of food.
According to NATO strategists, at the third stage, Russian troops will attack Kiev from the north. They will move to the Korosten-Uman line to cut off supplies from the western regions of Ukraine. At this stage, the surrender of Kiev is expected, sources say.
Earlier, the Kremlin commented on the data on the allegedly impending Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russia is recording an information campaign emanating from the West, the purpose of which is to present Moscow as a threat to the settlement process in Ukraine.