Gerasimov: Russia conducting unprecedented military action in Ukraine

The top commander of Russia's invasion of Ukraine has suggested that his forces are carrying out unprecedented military action.

Russian newspaper Argumenty i Fakty published an interview with Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov in its online edition on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, he was newly appointed general in charge of what Moscow calls a special military operation in Ukraine.

Gerasimov said modern Russia has never conducted a military offensive at levels and the intensity currently seen in Ukraine. He said Russia is effectively a target of hostility from the entire West.

Gerasimov said he will do all he can to accomplish a goal set by the supreme commander-in-chief and to ensure national security amid military threats. The comment is thought to indicate that he will press ahead with his strategy in line with orders from President Vladimir Putin.

Analysts say Gerasimov, the military's highest-ranking uniformed officer, has been preparing for massive attacks.

Meanwhile, a senior official of the Ukrainian defense ministry's intelligence agency told domestic media on Monday that Russian forces will likely intensify their offensives in the eastern region of Donbas in February and March. Donbas consists of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered an address on Monday, repeating his call for people to unite. He also urged Western countries to provide more military support.

Zelenskyy said Tuesday marks exactly 11 months since the invasion began, and that the day will unite all his country's forces toward victory.