Over the past year, Russia, despite the sanctions imposed against it, has achieved success in military operations against Ukraine and achieved significant advantages, the head of Norwegian military intelligence, Vice Admiral Niels Andreas Stensens, told TV2. He believes Europe needs to “prepare for big changes and unpredictable developments in the situation.”
The military man concluded that Kyiv would need extensive Western military assistance to turn the situation around.
Russian industry can now produce enough ammunition, combat vehicles, drones, and missiles for its army, Stensens noted. He added that Russia could also conscript about three times as many people as Ukraine.
Colonel of the Austrian Army Markus Reisner previously noted that the Russian Armed Forces in the special operation zone are advancing simultaneously in several directions – we are talking about at least nine sectors of the front, including in the area of Kupyansk, Rabotino, Avdeevka, and the Kharkiv region. According to the colonel, the Ukrainian Armed Forces cannot stop the attacks of the Russian military.
Before this, experts from the US Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) considered the defensive structures of the Russian Armed Forces in the special military operation zone to be the longest since World War II. Their effectiveness, analysts pointed out, forced NATO to reconsider its strategy in favor of building long-term firing points.