“The coup in Moscow has begun”
Ukraine expects a turning point in August – the war will be over by the end of the year
Ukraine’s military intelligence firmly assumes that the fight against the Russian invasion will be successful. The much-quoted strength of the Moscow army is a myth. You know exactly what your opponent’s plans are. By the end of the year, kyiv had recaptured all occupied territories.
The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, Kyrylo Budanov, expects hostilities to continue for months. Meanwhile, in an interview with Sky News, he is sure there will be a “turning point in the second half of August” and the war will be over by the end of the year. Ukraine will then have taken over all the territories, including the Donbass and the Crimean peninsula. According to him, nothing has changed in Russian tactics. Moscow still suffers heavy losses. He did not provide any information on his own casualty count.
“We know everything about our enemy,” said the 36-year-old. “We know their plans, especially when they’re done.” The strength of the Russian army is a myth. Ukraine has been fighting Russia for eight years now. The much-quoted power of the Russian army is a myth. It is rather a “horde of armed people”. In the event of artillery attacks, many soldiers left their positions and abandoned their equipment.
Budanov was also convinced that there would be a change in the Russian leadership in the event of defeat. This process has already started. When asked if a coup was underway, he curtly replied “yes”. Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin was in poor “mental and physical condition and very ill”. He has cancer and other diseases. Knowing it’s his job, he said.
According to Ukrainian sources, Budanov has the rank of major general. He was thus appointed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyj by decree in August 2020 to head the military intelligence service.