Ukrainian Lieutenant General Kyrylo Budanov has said he believes his country’s war with Russia will end by the end of the year.
“The turning point will be the second fortnight of August,” he told Sky News. “Most of the hostilities will be completed by the end of the year.”
“As a result, we will regain Ukrainian power in all our lost territories, including Donbass and Crimea,” he added.
The comments mark the most detailed forecast for the end of the war by a high-ranking Ukrainian official to date.
Budanov, who serves as head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, also said a coup was coming to Russia to oust President Vladimir Putin.
He said that Russia’s defeat in Ukraine “will eventually lead to a change in the leadership of the Russian Federation. This process has already begun and they are moving in that direction.”