Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expects “greater hostile activities” by Russia as Ukraine seeks to join the European Union.
The EU will consider later this week whether Ukraine should be granted candidate status, kicking off an accession process that could take years.
In remarks late on Sunday, Zelensky said the Ukrainians were preparing for a new attack and pledged to move forward with the EU’s bid, the BBC reported.
Mr Zelensky said Ukraine’s membership would benefit his country and the West.
“I believe that only a positive decision is in the interest of Europe as a whole,” he said, though he also warned: “Obviously, we should expect greater hostilities from Russia. Not only against Ukraine, but also against other European countries. “
While British intelligence officials said Moscow lacked air superiority and Russian ground forces had been exhausted since the invasion began on February 24, he warned that hostilities would intensify.
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“The Russian Air Force has underperformed in the conflict to date. Its failure to consistently deliver airpower is probably one of the most important factors in Russia’s very limited campaign success,” the British Ministry of Defence said in its daily report. Shown in War Update.
It said much of the Russian Air Force’s training was aimed at impressing senior officials rather than producing dynamic victories in war.
“While Russia has an impressive array of relatively modern and capable fighters, the Air Force has almost certainly also failed to develop the institutional culture and skill set required by its personnel to meet Russia’s desire to offer a more Western approach, ‘ said the ministry. “This has resulted in ground forces struggling beyond their planned weight, which are exhausted; and advanced cruise missiles, whose inventories may be running low.”