Russia does not plan to "limit itself to Donbas" but wants the complete destruction of Ukraine Ukrainian Chief Intelligence Directorate
VALENTYNA ROMANENKO - MONDAY, JULY 4, 2022, 10:28
According to the chief intelligence service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the Kremlin will not limit its efforts to Donbass and plans to completely annihilate Ukraine.
Source: Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, in an interview with RBC-Ukraine
Details: Commenting on the intelligence data of international partners, Budanov said that the Main Intelligence Directorate is guided by its own information and that Russia's goal is the complete destruction of Ukraine's statehood.
Budanov quote: “I want to reiterate that we were the first to say what was going to happen and how it was going to happen. So I can irrefutably tell you that Russia's plans are the total annihilation of Ukraine, the absolute total annihilation.
And [as for] any hints about whether Donbass might be enough for them, please don't even ask me such questions. We will not trade territory."
Background: On July 3, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had withdrawn from their positions and lines in Lysyhansk, Luhansk Oblast, after heavy fighting.
On July 4, British intelligence reported that after capturing Lysychansk, Russian troops would almost certainly move on to capturing Donetsk Oblast.
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