A former speechwriter to Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published Friday that Russians are “obviously lost” in the war in Ukraine.
“They don’t know what to do, so they improvise. Putin has to achieve something that will convince the Russians he has won and he can’t get it,” ex-speech writer Abbas Gallyamov told AFP. Radio FreeEurope.
Gallyamov’s comments come after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced earlier this week that Russia’s territorial ambitions extend beyond the Donbass region, which the nation has focused on in recent years. month.
Reuters reported that in an interview with state media, Lavrov said Russia’s geographic ambitions are “different now” and are “far from fair” to Donetsk and Lugansk, which together form the Donbass region.
“[It’s] also the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions and a number of other territories,” Lavrov said, according to Reuters. “This process continues logically and persistently.”
Russia has partially occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia since launching its invasion of Ukraine in February.
Aglaya Snetkov, a professor at University College London and editor of the Russian Analytical Digest, told Radio Free Europe that the Russians are “obviously inventing as they go” in Ukraine.
“They had a crazy plan, then it didn’t work out, and then they had to adapt,” Snetkov said.
Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.
Earlier this month, the UK MoD said the Russian military had recently gathered reinforcements near Ukraine, with many of its troops placed in “ad hoc groupings” and using unsuitable equipment.
“Despite President Putin’s assertion on July 7, 2022 that the Russian military ‘has not even begun’ its efforts in Ukraine, many of its reinforcements are ad hoc task forces deploying with outdated or inappropriate equipment” , the ministry wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.
On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed news that the United States intended to send his country High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to help in the fight against the Russians. A new $270 million security assistance package for Ukraine announced Friday by the White House includes four HIMARS.
“Thank you @POTUS for the new Defense Assistance Program for Ukraine. Powerful and critically important weapons will save the lives of our soldiers, hasten the liberation of our land from Russian aggressor. I appreciate strategic friendship between our nations. Together towards victory!” Zelensky tweeted.