Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, expressed his belief on Thursday that the Kremlin did not intend to occupy only Ukraine, but planned to invade the Baltic States, Poland and the whole of Eastern Europe.
According to him, Russia thinks geopolitically as it did before the Battle of Orsha, which took place more than 500 years ago, as evidenced by the speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin the day before the invasion of Ukraine.
“He thinks historically and geopolitically. And the main idea of this military campaign, I think, was to retake all of Eastern Europe. Because Russians know, as Zbigniew Brzezinski said, that with Ukraine, Russia is a great empire, but without Ukraine, Russia is nothing,” said Arestovich at the conference in Vilnius dedicated to the 508th anniversary of the Battle of Orsha. In this battle, which took place on September 8, 1514, the combined forces of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Land of the Polish Crown defeated the much larger Muscovy troops.
“So the goal and the idea was to occupy Ukraine, then appropriate Ukraine’s resources and attack Eastern Europe, primarily the Baltic states and Poland,” said Arestovich.
He recalled that when Russia invaded Ukraine, there were predictions that the country would fall in three days.
However, “our struggle has been going on for 197 days,” said an adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine.