Budanov is convinced that Putin is talking about a nuclear strike because this is his scare tactic.
Ukraine must do everything to de-occupy the illegally annexed Ukrainian Crimea by Russia by the summer of 2023.
This was stated by the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Major General Kyrylo Budanov v interview Washington Post.
“We must do everything so that Crimea returns home by the summer,” Budanov said.
Answering the question whether he believes that the entry of Ukrainian troops into the occupied Crimea will encourage Putin to use nuclear weaponsBudanov said: “This is not true. And Crimea will be returned to us. I will tell you more: everything started in Crimea in 2014, and everything will end there.”
According to the head of Ukrainian intelligence, if Putin goes for a nuclear strike, it will lead not just to Russia’s military defeat, but to its disintegration.
“This is a scare tactic. Russia is a country from which you can expect a lot, but not outright idiocy. I’m sorry, but this will not happen. The task of a nuclear strike will lead not only to the military defeat of Russia, but to the disintegration of Russia. And they know it very well Budanov said.
It will be recalled that the former commander of the US forces in Europe, General Ben Hodges, said that he was temporarily captured by Russia Crimea is a decisive battleground in the war. Ukraine will not be safe as long as Russia controls this peninsula.
According to the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Defense General Vadym Skibitskyi, the Russian invaders are preparing for defense in the occupied Crimea and carrying out fortification works.
Earlier, the Crimean Human Rights Group reported that since 2014 the annexed peninsula was prepared by the Russians as a bridgehead to attack Ukraine. After the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula, the occupation authorities began to build military infrastructure and conduct conscription.