The battle in Ukraine was gradually moving to Russia, a senior Ukrainian official claimed on Friday, adding that drone assaults on Russian soil were expected to rise.
Mykhailo Podolyak, a presidential adviser, also said in an interview that peace negotiations were currently off the table because they would amount to “capitulation” on the part of Ukraine and the democratic nations that back it. According to Podolyak, attacks within Russia by “agents” or “partisans” would rise as Ukraine increased its strikes on occupied territory.
The scale and frequency of drone assaults against Russia have dramatically grown over the past few weeks, reaching a peak this week with strikes that hit six Russian districts in one night and damaged cargo planes in a fire at a military base.
In general, Ukraine applauds such assaults but refrains from formally taking direct responsibility for them. Although they claim Kiev has the right to carry out such assaults on military targets with its own weaponry, its Western allies ban it from using the weapons donated by them to strike Russia.
As the attacks have become more frequent, Kiev has bragged about the advancements made in creating long-range strike weapons to counter Russia’s protracted campaign of airstrikes on Ukrainian cities.
On Thursday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy praised the employment of new Ukrainian weapons, which he claimed had a range of 700 kilometers, or nearly the distance from the Ukrainian border to Pskov, where a Russian military airbase had been destroyed by fire the day before.
Ukraine has retaliated against those who have criticized the counteroffensive’s sluggish progress in the east and south, which has been impeded by highly mined areas and months-long Russian defense lines.
Even though the operation has been going on for almost three months, no significant settlements have been taken back. The Ukrainian push is deemed a failure by Russia; Kyiv claims it is moving slowly on purpose to limit losses.
Podolyak stated that Kyiv’s soldiers were making progress and expressed optimism that further Western military assistance will be provided in the coming months.
He was blunt in his rejection of any dialogue with Russia being advantageous for Ukraine. Podolyak asserted that he thought Ukraine’s Western partners, who have invested heavily in arms, knew that there could be no “compromise” of any type with Russia.