Russia has more than 92,000 troops amassed around Ukraine’s borders and is preparing for an attack by the end of January or beginning of February, the head of Ukraine’s defense intelligence agency told Military Times.
The attack Russia is preparing, said Budanov, would be far more devastating than anything before seen in the conflict that began in 2014 that has seen some 14,000 Ukrainians killed.
The Ukraine military's assessment of a how a potential attack by Russia would play out shows the country ringed by Russian battalion tactical groups, or BTGs.
Speaking to the Washington Post on Friday, Ukraine’s new Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said it was unclear whether Russian President Vladimir Putin has yet decided to attack.
And he scoffed at suggestions that the brutal weather conditions during that time of the year would dissuade the Russians from attacking.
Budanov said U.S. and Ukraine intelligence assessments about the timing of a Russian attack are very similar.
Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, head of that nation's defense intelligence agency. »