The Russian invasion of Ukraine. Did Shoigu give a date for ending the war?

Consistent implementation of the principles of the action plan until 2025 will allow achieving the intended goals, said Sergei Shoigu, Minister of Defense of Russia.

The speech Shoigu made at a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry board was noticed by the Ukrainian media, especially the words about “achieving planned goals” by 2025. According to “Kyiv Post”, this means that Moscow wants to invasion of Ukraine for at least two more years.

Russia wanted to occupy Ukraine within ten days and complete the annexation of its territory by August last year, but this plan required it to be kept strictly secret, leaving the Russian armed forces tactically unprepared to carry out the tasks effectively – according to a report from a prestigious British think tank Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), published in June.

The authors analyzed the main lessons learned from the hostilities in the period from February to July 2022 based on operational data collected by the General Staff of Ukraine. They claim that the level of secrecy of the Russian plan was so high that even the military command at the level of deputy heads of departments of the General Staff found out about it a few days before the start of the war.

War in Ukraine. Russia had the advantage in Kiev

The report emphasized that this deception plan was largely successful, with the Russians gaining a 12-1 lead north of Kiev. However, according to the authors, the biggest drawback was the lack of a retreat plan. Thus, when the attack failed to produce the desired results, the positions of Russian forces continued to weaken as Ukraine mobilized.

“Kyiv Post” points out that, according to Vladimir Putin and his military planners, Kiev would be occupied by Russia within a few days of the start of the “special military operation”, which has been going on for more than a year and a few years. half and there is no indication this will happen anytime soon.

After failing to capture Kiev early in the war, Russian forces focused on gaining full control of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts, which together form a region called Donbas. Parts of it had already been controlled by Moscow-backed separatists before Putin ordered his troops to attack all of Ukraine.

Source: Do Rzeczy