Zelensky’s adviser makes prediction about when Putin’s war will end

Putin's 'worst fears are coming true' says General

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Mykhailo Podolyak, head of Volodymyr Zelensky’s office and peace negotiator, is confident Putin’s invasion of Ukraine will come to a standstill after the recapture of the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk province. Once that condition is fulfilled, Ukrainian forces will retake the whole country – even territories lost before the February invasion – in only a matter of months, Mr Podolyak said. The West’s continuous supply of weapons will also play a crucial role in the success of the military operations, he added.

From President Zelensky’s office, Mr Podolyak said: “Now, when I talk about when the war might end, the first component is a number of combat vehicles, the number of projectiles.

“The second component is the fall of any of the two cities: Luhansk or Donetsk. 

“This will decisively demoralise everything the RF [Russian Federation] has remaining, everything that’s now barely holding on. 

“This will all finally collapse.”

“And then, after the fall of Donetsk/Luhansk, I can tell you 3 – 3.5 months and the war will finally end on completely liberated territories of Ukraine within the internationally-recognised borders of 1991.”

After retaking the northeastern Kharkiv region, Ukrainian forces are now mounting a successful counter-attack in the two eastern provinces. 

Putin unilaterally recognised the Luhansk’s People Republic (LPR) and the Donetsk’s People Republic (DPR) in the days leading up to the war in a bid to justify his invasion. 

As part of an apparently premeditated strategy, the Kremlin is now attempting to annex the two Russian-backed republics as well as Kherson and Zaporizhzhia via “sham” referendums.

In Putin’s world view, experts say, the annexation would deter the West from providing military assistance to Ukraine in its defence of its sovereignty in those regions. 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia is likely to use the referendums to claim that Russian territory is being attacked with NATO weaponry.

He told CNN: “That’s exactly what we need to be prepared for, that Russia will use these sham votes to further escalate the war in Ukraine.

“NATO’s answer is to step up support. The best way to end this war is to strengthen Ukrainians on the battlefield further, so they can at some stage sit down and reach a solution which is acceptable for Ukraine and preserves Ukraine as a sovereign independent nation in Europe.”

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However, Western world leaders have unanimously condemned the illegal takeover, pledging to not recognise it. 

Leaders of the G7 countries, which includes Prime Minister Liz Truss, condemned the “sham” referendums being carried out in Ukraine as a “phony” pretext to illegally grab territory. 

The Russian leader is expected to sign a decree to formally annex the four occupied regions of Ukraine on Friday, the Kremlin has announced on the state-owned news agency TASS.

Agreements will be signed “with all four territories that held referendums and made corresponding requests to the Russian side,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.

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