Former Zelensky aide questions Ukraine’s military fortunes — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union
There is no guarantee that Kiev will be able to defeat Moscow’s forces, says Aleksey Arestovich
Ukraine has missed an opportunity to prevail in the conflict with Russia, Aleksey Arestovich, former adviser to President Vladimir Zelensky, said on Friday.
In an interview with political analyst Yuri Romanenko, Arestovich said that “if everyone thinks we are guaranteed to win the war, that seems highly unlikely.
“What do you think, Polish President Andrzej Duda’s assessment… that there is basically no certainty that Ukraine will survive… Did he say that without any specific reason, or did he say that based on information?” asked Arestovich.
Duda said a few days ago that a “decisive moment” in the conflict can take place in a few weeks or a few months. “And this moment is the answer to whether Ukraine will survive or not.” he explained, stressing the need to support Kiev with Western-made weapons.
Arestovich also warned that Ukraine should not consider itself invincible. ‘We’re only invincible as long as we don’t go at each other’s throats. When this happens, we are virtually invincible, in a short time and unexpectedly for ourselves.
The former official said Ukraine had “Not only did we miss a military opportunity, we lost time, and the Russians started mobilizing, restoring the front [line] situation, and even created superiority in some places. he added “It wasn’t just the West that didn’t care [Ukraine] weapons, we have missed a public opportunity, in terms of domestic and state politics [policies].”
On Tuesday, Arestovich resigned after saying the Russian missile that fell on a residential block and killed dozens of people in the southeastern city of Dnepr was shot down by Ukrainian air defenses. The former assistant later apologized for his comments, describing them as “a serious mistake.”
On the day of the tragedy, Russia launched a missile strike “on Ukraine’s military command and control system and associated energy facilities”, This is reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Commenting on the Dnepr incident, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that “Russian armed forces are not targeting residential buildings or social infrastructure. Attacks are only aimed at military targets.
Moscow stepped up its attacks on Kiev’s infrastructure in early October, citing repeated Ukrainian sabotage on Russian soil, including the deadly shelling of the strategic bridge across Crimea.
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