The current military potential of the Russian Federation near the border with Ukraine grew threefold. Vadym Skibitsky, the representative of the Main Department of Intelligence of Ukraine's Defense Ministry reported this as quoted by the authority's press office.
"By the estimates of the Main Department of Intelligence of Ukraine's Defence Ministry, by 2022-2023, the assault groups of the Russian Federation will be able to deliver full-fledged strategic offensive actions against Ukraine without mobilization," reads the message.
The Russian Federation has been putting a lot of effort into modernizing strategic nuclear weaponry, the authority said.
Specifically, Topol-M missile systems will be replaced by Yars systems; besides, a new missile system, Sarmat, is being developed. The range of these rockets varies from six to twelve thousand kilometers; thus, they may pose a threat to Europe as well.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Kyiv was ready to disengage forces in Donbas on the sectoral basis. On the morning of February 18, positions of Ukrainian forces came under intensive fire, as Russian mercenaries used Minsk-banned heavy artillery. The government troops delivered a powerful artillery attack in return. One Ukrainian serviceman deceased in action.