Melnyk: two conditions for victory, Rammstein-3 had a secret part

June 19, 2022

The new package of military aid to Ukraine, announced as a result of the Rammstein-3 meeting of the heads of the defense ministries of Ukraine's allies, is insufficient for reaching a turning point in the Russia-Ukraine war. However, it is likely that not all agreements have become public, and therefore we can hope that the volume of real aid is greater.

There are two conditions for Ukraine’s victory in this war: first, achieving parity with the enemy's army, then achieving an advantage that will allow a counteroffensive. But specific terms depend on many factors.

This opinion was expressed by Oleksiy Melnyk, Co-director of the Razumkov Centre’s Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes and military expert, in an exclusive interview with OBOZREVATEL.

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Coordinator of International Projects

Born in 1962 in Khmelnytsty Rgn


Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK (2007)

Air Field Operations Officer School, Biloxy, MS, US (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Montgomery, AL, US (1994)

Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, TX, US (1994)

Chernihiv Higher Military Air Force Academy, Ukraine (1984)


1980 – 2001 — Air Force Active Service (Cadet, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Deputy Air Force Base Commander, Participant of two UN peacekeeping operations, Lt.Colonel (Ret)

2001 – 2004 — Razumkov Centre

2004 – 2005 — State Company Ukroboronservice

2005 – 2008 — Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Head Organisational and Analytical Division — First Assistant to Minister of Defence

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