- Boris Johnson told European media that Russia could soon run out of weapons and soldiers.
- British intelligence on the Ukraine war suggests Russia may lose its “forward momentum,” according to Johnson.
- Johnson said he intends to ask the G7 to help Ukraine in a counteroffensive with more teams.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week that he believes Russia will soon lose momentum in its war with Ukraine.
Speaking to the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Johnson said he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin’s army was suffering heavy losses in soldiers and equipment just to gain ground in Ukraine’s Donbas region.
Citing intelligence reports from the British defense forces, Johnson told the outlet that he believed the Russian attack on Ukraine would likely run out of steam in the coming months.
“Our defense intelligence service believes, however, that in the coming months, Russia could reach a point where there is no longer any momentum because it has exhausted its resources,” he said, according to Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
“Then we must help the Ukrainians to reverse the dynamic. I will argue this at the Group of Seven summit,” he said, according to the outlet.
Johnson also told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung that he thought it was important that the Ukrainian military receive support to launch a counteroffensive if it is capable of doing so.
“This is their crisis. They are victims of Putin’s aggression, they must decide what they want to do. But it is absolutely clear if you go to Ukraine, if you talk to the Ukrainians and if you talk to [Ukrainian President Volodymr] Zelenskyy. you will come out with the overwhelming opinion that the Ukrainians will not give up their territory,” he said, according to the outlet.
Johnson added that he thought a victory for Ukraine would include Russian forces being repelled from the areas they invaded and Ukraine “regaining the status quo” before the invasion on February 24, according to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
“Ukraine must win, we agree on that. The unity of the West is much more evident than the divisions,” Johnson told the outlet.
UK intelligence has suggested that Russia may soon find it difficult to produce enough military equipment to fuel a protracted conflict in Ukraine.
Ukrainian forces are currently engaged in critical fighting in the Donbas. In June, Ukraine estimated that Russia had 10 to 15 times more artillery than its forces, and appealed to the West to send more weapons. Reports have also cited a growing number of deserters among the Ukrainian forces.
Earlier this month, a senior US official also told The Washington Post that Russia would likely gain control of eastern Ukraine within weeks after doubling its military efforts in the Donbas.