Ukraine may lose 12 thousand military men in case of power projected scenario Ukraine’s’ Head of the General Staff

Source : 112 Ukraine

Victor Muzhenko states the casualties may be up to 10 – 12 thousand military men in a 10-day air operation, with 3 thousand fatalities
13:08, 6 October 2017

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Viktor Muzhenko, the head of the General Staff of Ukraine, doubts whether Ukrainian society is ready for the belligerent solution to the Donbas conflict. Muzhenko told this in his interview, the Ukrainska Pravda reports.

Muzhenko noted that the Armed Forces are ready or the belligerent solution to the Donbas conflict if looking into a problem in the context of armament availability and the command system.

He also noted that the loss assessment is conducted during the drills.

According to the Head of the Staff, the casualties may be up to 10 – 12 thousand military men in a 10-day air operation, with 3 thousand fatalities.

On the question of civilian loss assessment, he noted that there are 10 thousand civilians on every 2300 military men.

At the same time, Muzhenko told that Ukraine has enough military force to adequately react not only in the East of the country but also along the whole border with Russia in case of power projected scenario implemented by the Russian Federation.

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Talking about the potential introduction of the peacekeeping mission to Ukraine, he reminded that it can’t be practically performed through the UN Security Council because Russia as a permanent member may veto the decision.

He also told that another problem is who gets the mandate for a peacekeeping operation. Russia, Muzhenko noted, won’t agree on NATO’s mandate, in its turn Ukraine won’t agree on CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization, - ed.) mandate.

Related: Ukraine to remain reliable partner of UN in peacekeeping operations, - Yelchenko

At that, according to him, the U.S. and Canada are ready to send their contingent to Ukraine, but it is not known whether Russia agrees to that. The contingent may be up to several thousand people.

Earlier, the Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoly Matios stated that the military force in Donbas equals to all that of all European member-states of NATO.

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