Last year was significant for the military intelligence of Ukraine.
The Central Intelligence Agency knew that Russia was planning a full-scale intrusion to Ukraine at the beginning of 2022 and was preparing for it.
About this reported representative of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense Vadym Skibitskyi.
“Since the beginning of the year, we have obtained enough information for important forecasts, and the analysis made made it possible to understand the entire panorama of the enemy’s actions, including knowing the locations of all battalion tactical groups and timely monitoring the movement of groups of Russian troops that were created around our border. Military intelligence was ready that a large-scale offensive would begin at the beginning of February or a little later,” he said.
According to Skibitsky, The GUR has been carefully monitoring the situation regarding the preparation of the Russian Armed Forces for a large-scale invasion since the spring of 2021. At that time, Russia worked out many issues related to the Crimean peninsula, in particular, the creation of an offensive group of troops. In addition, all activities conducted near the borders of Ukraine, as well as operational and combat training activities on the territory of Belarus, were monitored.
“Then the formation of the groups began in the autumn, and already in January we saw how the troops of the Eastern Military District of Russia began to arrive on the territory of Belarus. All this happened under the pretext of conducting joint exercises of the troops of the allied states. This allowed us to make a timely analysis of the security situation around Ukraine and report on time this information to the military-political leadership of the state, with prejudice. It was very important to understand what grouping of troops is being created, what the potential of the grouping is, and where strikes could potentially be made,” explained the representative of the GUR.
Special operations became an important component of military intelligence during a large-scale war. In particular, representatives of military intelligence were active in Mariupol, on “Azovstal”.
Vadym Skibitskyi also noted that 2022 has become a significant year for military intelligence – in particular, new types of intelligence have developed. The military began to actively expand the capabilities of cyber intelligence, began to use new means of radio-electronic intelligence, and paid considerable attention to the creation and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
We will remind, the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine identified three likely directions of Russia’s new offensive – Donetsk region, Luhansk region and Zaporizhzhia.
The GUR also noted that Russia will receive another one delivery of a batch of Shahed drones from Iran.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022
President of the Russian Federation Volodymyr On February 21, 2022, Putin officially recognized the so-called “DPR” and “LPR” and signed agreements on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance.
The very next day, February 22 The Federation Council of the Russian Federation satisfied Putin’s appeal and allowed the use of the Russian army abroad. In effect, this was official permission for Putin to launch a full-scale war against Ukraine.
At around 5 am on February 24, Dictator Putin announced in a video message a “special military operation” for the “protection” of Donbass.
Putin announced plans to demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine. Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine.