The ruscists do not give up their dreams of capturing the capital of Ukraine. A second offensive is being prepared in several more areas of the front. Even the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, warned about the enemy's plans.

All this was described in more detail in an exclusive story for TSN.ua by journalist Victoria Hnatiuk.

Are the Russians preparing a second offensive?

Talk of a repeated Russian offensive is no longer a novelty, but the situation at the front is becoming more acute, and the threat of an attack on new areas is higher. The Institute for the Study of War analyzed these days and concluded that the Russian invaders are preparing for an offensive in the east and south of Ukraine in the coming weeks. And although it is noted that it is unlikely that they will be able to achieve success, the struggle of our military is behind it.

"ISW continues to assess that despite winter weather conditions and terrain conditions, Russian forces are likely to attempt to maintain or intensify localized offensive operations in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to seize and maintain the initiative. According to ISW, Russian troops will not be able to make operationally significant breakthroughs," the statement reads.

Statements by analysts and Western media

Recall that in their daily report for January 9, analysts of the Institute for the Study of War reported that Russia started talking about a large-scale offensive operation in the Kharkiv region, to create a 15-kilometer "buffer zone".

Experts believe that calls for a large-scale offensive on Kharkiv are a cunning maneuver by the Russians to distract Ukrainian forces from possible interference in the Kupyansk direction. Similar statements were made by the Western media.

In particular, The Telegraph published a scandalous article with information about a possible offensive by the Russian Armed Forces. It noted that the Russians had their eye on Kharkiv and even predicted the day of the second attack — January 15.

Journalists made such conclusions due to the massive attacks of the occupiers on Kharkiv. Especially since December, the city has been bombarded with ballistics, civilian targets have been targeted, and military positions have also been attacked, so all these factors were considered "as preparations for a large-scale offensive in the coming weeks."

Syrskyi about Kharkiv region

The difficult situation in the Kharkiv region was reported on January 3 in Telegram by the commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr

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Statement of the Head of the RMA

Instead, the journalists' statement with forecasts and dates of the offensive outraged the local authorities. On January 5, the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, came to a briefing, commenting on the media material, saying that no accumulation of Russian troops was recorded in different directions of the front in the Kharkiv region.

"We do not observe or record the accumulation at the moment. All border lines - the situation has not changed, but we monitor everything online, our military is taking all necessary measures to be ready for any developments. In order to talk about the enemy's plans for any offensive, he must concentrate units in one direction or another. Currently, there is no such concentration. There are no objective reasons to say that the enemy will carry out certain assault operations in this direction in the near future. However, this situation can change any minute," he said.

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Summary for January 14 and Zaluzhnyi's statement

On January 14, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled 3 enemy attacks near Synkivka and Petropavlivka in the Kupiansk region. The head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Syniehubov wrote about this in a daily report. The day before, on January 10, Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhnyi also went to the area of responsibility of the Khortytsia Joint Task Force, he also does not deny that the occupiers are trying to advance over and over again, but notes that our soldiers repel attacks.

In addition, Valery Zaluzhny, in an interview with The Economist back in December, stated that he had no doubt that "the Russian military will go to Kyiv again."

"Russian mobilization worked. It is not true that their problems are so terrible that these people will not fight. They will fight. The king tells them to go to war, and they go to war. I studied the history of the two Chechen wars, and it was the same. They may not be as well equipped, but they still pose a problem for us. According to our estimates, they have a reserve of 1.2-1.5 million people. The Russians are preparing about 200 thousand tons. new soldiers. I have no doubt that they will go to Kyiv again," Zaluzhnyi said.

When can the Russians move again?

According to him, Ukraine's strategic task is to prepare for the escalation of the war, which may occur in late January or spring. Such a development of events is not rejected either by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or by the military, which has been warning about the Russians' plans to seize the capital for several days. People are asked to prepare for different scenarios for their own safety, because let such knowledge not be needed rather than lack it.

What is being done in the Russian army?

Russian generals do not stop pulling more and more people to the front for the same meat assaults. Every day, about 1000-1100 people join the Russian army, said Vadym Skibitskyi, a representative of the Main Directorate of Intelligence: "This is used both to replenish losses and to form reserve regiments. But this cannot be called covert mobilization. Let's put it this way: they are mobilizing. It's just that it's not being held as massively as in October-December 2022."

Where do Russian soldiers get their motivation from, and why is information about the offensive a real threat?

The question is, where does this motivation come from, despite the losses? It's simple, the "great" race has long driven its people into poverty, so all that guides the new "warriors" is mountains of gold, that is, wages. At the same time, Russia has managed to establish the production of missiles.

Skibitskyi said that as of January 2024 alone, the enemy is producing about 115-130 strategic missiles. In addition, the Russians manage to produce 100-115 operational-tactical missiles per month (such as Kh-31, Kh-59, etc.). Also, the Russian Federation is already preparing airborne assault brigades to land in the rear of the defense lines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was also stated in a recent report by the Institute for the Study of War.

"Probably, these will be attempts to land from helicopters for the rapid deployment of personnel. They will be used as another means to conduct debilitating infantry-led front-line attacks on Ukrainian fortified positions in the short term," the ISW noted.

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