August 11 , 2017 – Fort Russ News –
Assessing the state of the Ukrainian army – Ukrainian military expert, former deputy chief of the operational department of missile forces and artillery, Oleg Zhdanov said that “a pool of brigades are the backbone of the Armed Forces” and is almost fully staffed.
“There are almost two hundred thousand reserves that passed through the war zone, ” he said, seemingly forgetting that there is no program for the modernisation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and during the war the Ukraine did not create a single weapon.
Zhdanov was asked him if he believed in the ‘taking by force’ option for the return of Donbass.
“For today it would not be the worst scenario. There are enough forces and most importantly – support of the West, first of all NATO. We could conduct an operation and free our territories. The Russian Federation will not raise the Russian flag over its troops, but will support them illegally. It is necessary to create an appropriate information field (media strategy)- so that there are queues of volunteers in the military commissariats. Even if every tenth person goes to the Armed Forces – that’s enough for a counteroffensive, ” Zhdanov assures.