Vasile Dîncu: The war in Ukraine has become one of "attrition"

Vasile Dîncu: The war in Ukraine has become one of “attrition”


The Minister of Defense spoke about the situation of the war in Ukraine, which he said is currently one of attrition and will continue. The Russians seem to be advancing slowly, but the Ukrainians are holding out and, in this context, the minister cannot rule out the worst-case scenario.

The war in Ukraine has become one of “attrition”, declared the Minister of Defense, Vasile Dîncu, who emphasizes that experts expect “tough military operations” to take place this fall. He also reaffirms the commitment of the Western states regarding the support given to Ukraine.

Regarding the danger of Russia advancing in Ukraine to the border with Romania and the mouths of the Danube, the minister stated that he cannot completely rule out this danger.

We could have a not very close neighbor, Russia

In his view, “It is clear that we are, at this moment, in a phase, after six months, in which the war of attrition will continue. More than ever, nations are coming together and starting a new effort of solidarity. (…) Certainly in September there will be tough military operations, so it is not over, there are no chances, as experts say, at this moment for peace. It is a good thing that some progress has been made. This does not mean, experts say, very much in terms of peace”, said Vasile Dîncu.

He categorized as a “tragic coincidence” the celebration of the Independence Day of Ukraine with the completion of six months since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

“We are six months away and we realize that nothing has been decided. At this moment we are in the conditions of a war which is a war of positions, a war of attrition”, Dîncu added.

Vasile Dîncu does not exclude that the Russians advance in Ukraine to the border with Romania

Asked how great the danger is for the Russians to advance in Ukraine to the border with Romania and the mouths of the Danube, the minister answered:

“At this point we cannot say that there is no such danger at all.”

“The advance (of the Russians – no) is quite slow. We don’t foresee that happening, if things are going at this rate, for this year, but the danger always remains. (…) We also hope the Ukrainian forces, our friends from the Ministry of Defense say that at this moment they manage to resist this alignment and that it is not foreseen to reach the mouths of the Danube and to occupy Odesa.

In any case, we cannot exclude this scenario from the calculation. The hope is that the Ukrainian forces will resist, but we must also think about the worst scenario in which we could have a not very close neighbor, Russia”, added the minister.