Russia is not ready for a long war of attrition, – Podolyak

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The Russian Federation is not ready for a long war of attrition and has long been trying to get an operational pause on the front line by imposing the idea of a negotiation process. Advisor to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak stated this on the FREEDOM TV channel.

“Russia is not ready for a protracted war, it has a resource that can be depleted, but there is no need to exaggerate the volume of military production, financial capabilities, and the amount of cooperation that exists with North Korea and Iran. There is no need to drive ourselves into the legendary “dead corner” and tell us that Russia has a lot of resources,” he said.

The adviser to the head of the OPU noted that Russia is now in a state of “hysteria,” trying to get an operational pause at the front in order to obtain the necessary resources.

“They call the negotiation process an operational pause. You and I understand that this is only an attempt to significantly reduce the intensity of the war for a while. Therefore, it is important to understand that Russia is not ready for a war of attrition. Russia is ready for a protracted conflict that will look the same as it looked from 2014 until the full-scale invasion,” he explained.

Podolyak noted that Ukraine is waging a defensive war and the successful nature of military operations depends on the volume of military equipment, as well as the possibility of a “technological breakthrough.”

“This means dramatically increasing the production of drones, sharply increasing or obtaining the volume of long-range missiles in order to significantly influence Russia’s logistics support. And, will we be able to build our own aviation “fist”, which will be able to drive Russian aviation away from the front line in order to facilitate the possibility of offensive operations for the ground part,” says the adviser.

According to him, counter offensive operations are taking place on the front line in different directions, and the degree of their activity largely depends on the technological resources that the parties have.

“Russia may have, for example, some advantage in heavy-caliber projectiles, but such an advantage may be offset by the number of drones along the front line. Mathematics has not gone away, it is necessary to correctly calculate resources, and psychology has not gone away either. I understand the psycho-emotional state of society and partners. But we must understand that this is Russia’s task – to prove that in the long term it is provided with resources, while Ukraine, together with its partners, is not. And this should force us or force our partners to accept the formulas that the Russian Federation proposes,” concluded Mykhailo Podolyak.

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According to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, in the current situation, any negotiations with Russia will benefit only it. A ceasefire under the pretext that it was possible to protect some part of the territory of Ukraine would be a victory for Putin.