Kremlin Officials Hopeful Russia Can Win Ukraine War in Months: Report

A new report from independent news outlet Meduza shows that Russia's top officials are not giving up on declaring victory in Ukraine and rather hoping to ramp operations up in order to obtain a military win as early as the fall.

"According to Meduza sources, despite the fact that the results of the Russian army are clearly not in line with Moscow's original plans, the Kremlin is again discussing a possible assault on Kyiv—and even hoping for a full-scale victory in the war," the Russian- and English-language news website wrote on Friday.

One source close to the Kremlin was quoted by Meduza as saying, "We are going to kill [the Ukrainians] anyway. Most likely, by the autumn everything will be over."

"Sooner or later, Europe will get tired of helping - this is both money and the production of weapons, which they themselves need more. Closer to autumn, it will be necessary to negotiate [with Russia] on gas and oil for the heating season," another said.

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A new report shows that Kremlin officials are still ready to push for a victory in Ukraine despite massive failings, like the inability to capture Ukraine's capital of Kyiv. People look at the remains of Russian equipment displayed at Saint Michael’s (Mykhailivska) Square in front of the bell tower of St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery on May 23, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Valentyna Polishchuk/TRK LUX

The latest reporting, which Newsweek was unable to independently verify, comes as Russia continues to fail to overtake Ukrainian territory in the strides Russian President Vladimir Putin believed his troops would have done with ease when he first launched the invasion more than three months ago.

Even though Russia has been unsuccessful in capturing the capital of Kyiv—one of Putin's key goals—the latest report reveals that the Kremlin could be prepared to try again despite failing to do so in their offensive attack in March.

According to Meduza, the Kremlin has been considering control of the Donetsk and Luhansk region as the "minimum" for a declaration of victory. But thus far, Russian troops have only been able to capture five percent of the Luhansk region and just under 60 percent of the territory in Donetsk.

"Now it seems that little is happening at the front. That the Russian army is taking some minor settlements. That she has some problems. But this feeling is created because the Ukrainians did not immediately give up, as many thought," one source told the outlet. "But this does not mean that it will not be possible to win a victory."

Meduza said that while it remains unclear how soon the Russian Defense Ministry is planning to take its chances at attacking Kyiv again, the Kremlin is ready to enlist more Russians if necessary.

"So far, mostly contract soldiers are fighting. They are enough for a relatively slow advance [in Ukraine]. But if you need to move faster, you can use conscripts. It's still an army," one source in the Presidential Administration told Meduza.

Russia has struggled to keep morale high among its troops, with reports indicating that soldiers are refusing to fight while others are sabotaging their own tanks as a way out.