Ukrainian authorities obtained "very solid intelligence" on Russia’s intent to launch a massive assault in the next 10 days, the Financial Times reported citing its own sources.
"Analysts think a likely point for a fresh Russian attack is in the west of Luhansk province near Kreminna and Lyman, a city retaken by Ukrainian troops in last autumn’s counter-offensive. Russia has been assembling forces there for weeks, according to local officials and western analysts," the media states.
The article claims that the assault aims to seize the whole territory of Donbas. Russia is set to attack before Ukraine receives western tanks and new weaponry.
The FT authors add that Russia is also amassing troops in the southern part of the Donetsk region, deploying additional forces in the countryside around occupied Mariupol.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence said that Putin ordered the capture of the territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions by March. An intelligence official also said that Russia was using the territory of Belarus to train mobilized soldiers but lacked the combat power to begin a massive assault on Ukraine from there in the coming weeks.