Americans' phobias are skeptical
The US embassy in Kyiv, already seen by many as an indicator of the intensity of hostilities in Ukraine, has once again rushed to close its doors and take away its diplomatic workers. It is possible that the United States reacted in all seriousness to the statement of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who instructed to intensify actions in all operational areas. Whether the notorious decision-making centers will be hit in the near future, military expert Vladislav Shurygin told MK.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu last week inspected the “Center” and “South” groups and said that it was necessary to “increase actions in all directions” to in order to exclude the possibility for Kyiv to strike at the Donbass.
Meanwhile, the former head of Ukrainian foreign intelligence, Mykola Malomuzh, said that Moscow had actually put forward an “ultimatum” to Kyiv: either the allied forces launch a large-scale offensive in the next two weeks, increase pressure on Kharkov and the south, or negotiations with Ukraine are held on Russian terms.
At the same time, the American embassy in Kyiv on July 17 again stopped its work. According to eyewitnesses, the doors to the embassy are tightly closed, and no one can be seen in the building itself. Earlier, the United States appealed to its citizens to leave Ukraine, as was the case at the end of February 2022.
Do all recent events mean that the special military operation is moving into a new, more intense phase? According to military expert Vladislav Shurygin, the allied forces have a “hard need” to attack Odessa and Zaporozhye, but the Americans seem to be playing it safe:
– Of course, the American embassies are reacting to something; certainly the Americans have intelligence capabilities; of course, they constantly monitor all kinds of sources that they only have at hand. Therefore, they could well take some of our activation for some kind of general offensive, although it is not at all a fact that it is such. We are simply stepping up our efforts as our military-industrial complex develops. I don't quite understand what could happen that didn't happen before… Therefore, American phobias cause me some skepticism.
What are we going to do? I do not have maps of the General Staff, but it is obvious that we will continue the operation – we have a strong need to start operating in the direction of Odessa and Nikolaev, Kharkov and Zaporozhye.
According to a military expert who recently returned from Donbass , the special military operation will continue for a long time:
– Combat work is underway. No one is in a dejected state. Everyone understands that this is a long time, that efforts need to be stepped up. Everywhere there is enough heroism and some pluses and nonsense. I have seen more than one hot spot in my life. This one is only different in its scale…