President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced a slowdown in hostilities. He said this on January 18 during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The journalist asked the Ukrainian leader a question about the current situation in the zone of the special operation, which, according to the journalist, “looks more like a dead end.”
“There are clear circumstances and clear reasons. Everyone gets tired: nature, people and, thank God, the enemy too,” Zelensky replied.
However, according to him, fierce fighting is still going on in the eastern section of the line of contact.
Earlier, on January 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin called positive dynamics in the zone of the special operation. He indicated that everything was going according to plan.
On December 27, Zelensky stated on his official website that 2023 would be decisive in the conflict with Russia. According to him, Ukraine understands what results the country’s defense and security sectors should demonstrate.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) admitted on December 15 that partial mobilization allowed Russia to slow down the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kremennaya and Svatovo area in the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR).
Prior to this, on December 3, US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes said that US intelligence expects the pace of hostilities in Ukraine to slow down in the next few months. According to her, in the future, the question will arise of how the situation in the conflict zone will be as a result of the winter period.
On November 16, U.S. Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley suggested that hostilities in Ukraine could slow down in winter, which would create a window for resolving the conflict.
In addition, on November 14, US President Joe Biden said that with the onset of winter, the United States expects the pace of fighting in Ukraine to slow down. Biden explained that the United States will not conduct any negotiations without the participation of Ukraine, since this is a decision that Kyiv must make on its own.
The special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24, continues. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Ukrainian military.
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