The head of the OPU “is not ready to name the exact day and time when we will win,” but he has no doubts about victory.
Head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak said that forecasts for the end of the war in the spring of 2023 “sound like a dream.”
Commenting on the statements of the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Volodymyr Gavrilov at the International Security Forum in Halifax, Yermak expressed the opinion that it would hardly be possible to end the war within the time frame he had announced, Ukrinform writes.
“It sounds like this phrase of the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine is a dream. Of course, millions of Ukrainians dream that this war will end as soon as possible. However, I will be more realistic,” the head of the OPU said.
Yermak stressed that Ukraine has achieved success in the Kherson and Kharkov directions, but the war continues.
“I am not ready to name the exact day and time when we will win. But it will definitely happen. … Every day, every minute, we are doing everything possible so that our common victory with partners comes as soon as possible,” he said.
The head of the Office of the President noted that, despite the negative forecasts that sounded at the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia, now most people in the world are confident in the inevitable victory of Ukraine.
Predictions for the end of the war
The day before, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Volodymyr Gavrilov said that Ukrainian forces could return to Crimea before the end of the year, and that the war unleashed by Russia would be completed by the spring of next year.
The military expert of the “Information Resistance” group Alexander Kovalenko, commenting on Gavrilov’s statement, noted that by the end of this year we will be able to hear positive news from the Lugansk region, and at the beginning of next year – from the Kherson region or Zaporozhye. However, Gavrilov’s forecast, according to the expert, is “very optimistic.”
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, commenting on the forecasts for the end of the war, stressed that the situation at the front is changing rapidly. He stressed that “we do not know when this war will end,” but “we are not interested in prolonging the war.”