Ukrainian Armed Forces to Encircle Putin’s Army – a Turning Point Ahead

With few days left until 9 May — the “sacred” day for Russia’s Putin, the Russian army will hardly achieve any significant success at the front. And later this possibility may disappear altogether, as the Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive powerful new support (weapons) from its allies and will be able to arrange “pockets” for the invaders.

As soon as heavy weapons from partners reach the Armed Forces, a large-scale counteroffensive will begin. The issues of takeover of the state border and liberation of ORDLO and Crimea may be subject to negotiations.

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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