Mykhailo Podolyak: Russia is preserving equipment, not its live military personnel
Russians, during their attempts to capture the city of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, are conducting direct frontal attacks. In doing so, Russia seeks to minimize the losses of military equipment rather than protecting human lives.
According to Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to the head of the Office of the President, the enemy's elite, including Vladimir Putin, has a primitive objective: they need to capture at least some well-known urban settlement. He discussed this in an interview on the FreeDom channel.
"They employ direct frontal attacks and even attempt to minimize equipment losses because military hardware has a certain cost. However, when it comes to human lives... I want to emphasize once more that when any person, a citizen of the Russian Federation, has a negative value, meaning that, in essence, you don't just spend money when they are killed somewhere, but, on the contrary, you gain a surplus. This is because you won't need to pay social benefits, seek job opportunities for them, or listen to their complaints about their careers or quality of life," he stated.
The advisor further explained that the Russians has "fairly basic objectives." The first goal is for Putin and the military-political leadership, not just Putin himself, but the entire elite, to achieve some kind of successful actions. This is because they had been boasting for quite some time.
"Do you remember those chipmunk cheeks of Russian political elites? They were puffing themselves up for a long time. Sergei Lavrov (Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov) is the one who stands out to me, such an arrogant guy... He's the one who says, 'We will do this and that here and now,'" emphasized Podolyak.
According to him, they need some tangible actions, "advancing a kilometer or two, for example, capturing any populated area that's widely known, especially in Donetsk or Luhansk regions, to be able to say: 'Look, we still have potential; we can move somewhere. So why don't you stop supporting Ukraine militarily and force them into a negotiation process?'"