Russia could launch a SECOND attack on Kyiv – and massively increase army numbers – World News

Russian President Vladimir Putin could still field a large Belarusian army from the north, having been boosted from 45,000 to 85,000 troops for a second attack on Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv

President Vladimir Putin could still raise a large Belarusian army from the north
President Vladimir Putin could still raise a large Belarusian army from the north

Russia could launch a second attack on Kyiv despite losing a quarter of its combat capability, fears tonight.

President Vladimir Putin was still able to field a large Belarusian army from the north, having been increased from 45,000 to 85,000 troops.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia’s Black Sea blockade could starve millions and the fight for the Severodonestk key could cost the Donbass.

American think tank The Atlantic Council said military exercises in Belarus were “part of speculation about the possibility of a renewed cross-border offensive in northern Ukraine.”

It warned that the Belarusian army’s drills, which began on June 7, aim to escalate from “peacetime to wartime” and that “the surge in activity is undeniable.”







Smoke billows from rocket attacks as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues in Kyiv
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The council said: “Ukrainian officials have noted an intensification of reconnaissance and the deployment of additional units to border districts.

“Some believe this Belarusian saber-rattling is an indication that Moscow is considering a new attack on Kyiv.”

Russia may have lost a quarter of its total combat capability, including over 1,000 tanks destroyed, over 100 warplanes shot down and dozens of helicopters blown up.

Ukrainian troops are attempting to counter Russian advances into the key Luhansk town of Severodonestk, while Russia sends reinforcements into the decisive battle.







Residents leave their home in Kyiv, which was destroyed in a military attack during the Russian invasion of Ukraine
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Dominance in Luhansk would mean a significant victory in the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Severodonetsk was the “epicenter” of the Battle of Donbass.

He said: “This is a very fierce battle, very hard, perhaps one of the most difficult of the entire war.”
A former British military intelligence officer said: “If Russia has lost 25% of its military capability, then no force could sustain such a war.

“Nonetheless, Russia is investing so much force in the Donbass, and in Severodonetsk in particular, that it has become crucial to the Kremlin’s war effort.







Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia’s Black Sea blockade could starve millions and the fight for the Severodonestk key could cost the Donbass
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“Ukraine is holding out until they can bring larger artillery pieces into the fray.”

Former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Richard Kemp, said: “I would be wary of various claims of Russian casualties, although there is no doubt that they are significant.

“Securing Donbass is very important for Russia and has become one of the top priorities.

“And Ukraine is being surpassed by Russian artillery, which is why the multi-launch missile systems promised by the UK and US are so important to Kyiv.”

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