Ukraine could win the war by the end of the year: kyiv intelligence chief

The war in Ukraine could reach a “breaking point” in August and end with Russia’s defeat before the end of the year, kyiv’s military intelligence chief told UK Sky News on Saturday.

Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, 36, told the news outlet he was “optimistic” about the current trajectory of the conflict.

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“The breaking point will be in the second half of August,” he said.

“Most of the active combat actions will be over by the end of this year.”

As a result, we will renew Ukrainian power in all our territories that we have lost, including Donbas and Crimea,” he said.

Currently, heavy fighting is taking place in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, where Russia has recently been massing its forces without making any significant gains.

Budanov said Ukraine knows “everything about our enemy. We know about his plans almost as soon as they are being drawn up.”

The intelligence chief also made unverified claims that a coup was already taking place in Moscow to depose President Vladimir Putin, and that the Russian leader was “very sick” with cancer.

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