The West has more arms to spare for the cause, Kirill Budanov told The Economist
FILE PHOTO: Kirill Budanov attends an event in Kiev © Victor Pinchuk Foundation / handout via AFP
As long as Ukraine receives Western arms, it will not be defeated by Russia – but neither side will be able to achieve a full victory, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ukrainian military has said.
In an interview with The Economist released on Sunday, Kirill Budanov dismissed the notion that Western military assistance to Kiev will be forced to a halt.
“Warehouses in the West are not completely empty. No matter what anyone says. We can see this vefry clearly as an intelligence agency,” Budanov stated.
Unlike Russia, Ukraine relies heavily on foreign support, he acknowledged, while claiming that Moscow’s resources are already dwindling. The Russian economy can only hold out until 2025, while the flow of weapons to the frontline will end by the following year, he predicted, urging for the flow of aid to continue.
“We understand we will not end the war with a victory parade in Moscow. But neither should Moscow ever hope to hold one in Kiev,” he said.