Russia has entered the third phase of the war and is preparing for a long-term battle – Andrusiv

Russia has entered the third phase of a full-scale war in Ukraine and is preparing for a long-term battle.

This was announced on Friday, May 13, on the air of the All-Ukrainian telethon, Viktor Andrusiv, Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs, said, Ukrinform reports.

At the same time, the adviser to the minister noted that the first phase was an attempt to capture Ukraine in a few days, the second was to encircle the Ukrainian Defense Forces in the east of our country.

“One encirclement was planned to be very large, they wanted to cut it off from Pavlograd, the second encirclement was planned so that, together with Kramatorsk and Slavyansk, and now they are left with an extremely small encirclement – in fact, Severodonetsk and Lisichansk, but they cannot do this either,” Andrusiv noted. .

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He noted that now the invaders have moved to the third phase of the war, when they begin to prepare for the defense of the lines where they stopped.

“This indicates that they have decided to turn the war into a very long one … They expect that the crises caused by the war will put the West at the negotiating table with them, and the West will try to exchange for something,” he said.

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Recall: according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russia has already lost 26,900 personnel, 1,205 tanks, 200 aircraft, 162 helicopters, 405 drones, 13 ships and boats, and more.

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