Kyiv expects a major Russian offensive in the next two to three months

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Kyiv expects a major Russian offensive in the next two to three months

The Western alliance is discussing giving Kyiv further support

Ukraine’s government expects “maximum escalation” in the next two to three months in its conflict with Russia, as the Kremlin on Wednesday promised bonuses to Russian soldiers if they destroy NATO weapons.

The Western alliance is debating further support for Kyiv as the nearly one-year-old war enters a critical phase as winter draws to a close. After announcements of sending heavy tanks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is demanding even more military aid, from long-range missiles to fighter jets.

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, told British broadcaster Sky News that he expects about half of the 320,000 men drafted into Russia at the end of 2022 to take part in new Russian operations.

“I have a feeling that the main battles are still to come and that they will take place this year, in two to three months. These will be decisive months of the war,” said Mr. Danilov. “Russia is preparing for maximum escalation. He collects everything possible, does exercises and training. The countries that are helping us in our struggle have started sending us maximum aid,” he continued.

The dangers of NATO’s further involvement in the armed conflict were reminded yesterday when Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said bonuses would be given to soldiers if they destroy weapons systems sent to Ukraine from abroad.

“As for those tanks, we have already said they will burn. Even more so if such incentives are offered,” said the representative of the Russian presidency.

Besides, he repeated that Russia has doubts about whether the most recent nuclear disarmament agreement with the US, New START, will be extended, although he reminded that Moscow considers it extremely important.

“There is little indication of that,” he said, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency, when asked if he saw new talks on the horizon to extend the agreement beyond 2026. “But we consider the continuation of this treaty very important,” he added.

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