Kirill Budanov, head of military intelligence of Ukraine, spoke in an exclusive interview with Sky News about the situation in Ukraine and his forecast for the development of events.
According to Budanov, the President of Russia is seriously ill, and a coup is already taking place in the Russian Federation, the purpose of which is to overthrow the head of state. Putin is in a bad state – both physiologically and morally. He also believes that the war with Russia will reach a tipping point in August and end by the end of the year:
“The turning point will be in the second half of August. By the end of this year, most of the active hostilities will be completed. As a result, we will restore Ukrainian power in all our territories that we have lost, including Donbass and Crimea … Europe sees Russia as a big threat. She afraid of its aggression. We have been at war with Russia for eight years and we can say that the highly publicized Russian power is a myth. It is not so strong. It is a horde of people with weapons.”
According to Budanov, Russia’s tactics have not changed, despite its shift to the east, and the Russian Federation is suffering huge losses. At the same time, the chief Ukrainian intelligence officer is not surprised by Russia’s failures in the war:
“We know everything about our enemy. We know about their plans almost the moment they are being built.”
Budanov accurately predicted when a Russian invasion would occur, while others in the Ukrainian government were publicly skeptical. Now he says he is confident in his prediction of the end of the war. So far, this is the most accurate and optimistic forecast of a high-ranking Ukrainian official.
Publication journalist sky news describes Budanov and his office:
“His office is dark and stuffed with trappings of war and espionage, sandbags piled up in the windows, machine guns piled on the floor, a spare rifle magazine on his desk that he uses as a paperweight. He’s surprisingly young to head his military intelligence of the country, he is only 36 years old and speaks with dry precision, he did not show much emotion, smiling only once when he said in English: “I am optimistic.”