Vladimir Putin ally predicts war will last at least another 4 years: It may 'take a long time'

As the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is nearing, more and more people question when the bloody conflict will end. As NATO sees no sign of peace, Russian military officials close to Vladimir Putin offer their own gloomy predictions.

Vladimir Putin ally claims war will last at least another 4 years: 'This end of the war may take a long time'
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Vladimir Putin ally claims war will last at least another 4 years: 'This end of the war may take a long time'

The 24th of February marks the first anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Based on Vladimir Putin’s actions, his appetite for war is not decreasing regardless of his country's losses and the human cost. Predictions made by his top military officials only confirm that.

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Some experts warn that the Kremlinis preparing citizens for what might be a years-long conflict.

When will the war in Ukraine end?

Former Russian commander Andrey Gurulyov recently predicted that Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine might drag on until at least 2027 or even 2030.

His gloomy predictions came as part of a televised segment posted and translated to Twitter by Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

The ex-commander was asked whether Russia should use certain military weapons before the end of the war or fight with ordinary and less advanced ones without GPS or satellites.

Gurulyov, who is also a member of the Russian State Duma, commented:

The first is to bite your lip and win with what you have and at the same time, in the 'scalded cat' mode do what needs to be done. That's all. Do not wait for any end of the war—do not wait for anything. This end of the war may take a long time.
In general, I predict that it will be 2027-2030, not earlier.

He underlines that his country needed ‘to win with modern weapons’ and ‘deploy them in the troops’.

Earlier this month during an appearance on Russian state TV, Gurulyov dismissed Ukraine's sovereignty calling its occupation ‘the most important thing to accomplish today’.

He expressed the opinion that goes in line with country's official position:

We should shut down the topic of Ukraine for good and admit that denazification and demilitarization will shut down Ukraine as a project once and for all. It once existed, but it is no more.

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Stoltenberg: no sign of peace

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According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Russian leader doesn't plan to end the war anytime soon. His comments come as Putin's army is currently gearing up to launch a new offensive in eastern Ukraine this spring and is seen sending ‘more troops, more weapons, more capabilities’ into the area.

The NATO chief said:

We see no sign whatsoever that President Putin is preparing for peace...What we see is President Putin and Russia still wanting to control Ukraine.

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Sources used:

- Newsweek: 'Putin's War Will Continue Until at Least 2027: Former Russian Commander'

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