Budanov, in a conversation with a journalist, said that the surrender of the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of ​​​​Severodonetsk and Lysichansk was a “tactical” and “organized” step.

“This is just a tactical regrouping.

And, as you can see, the tactical regrouping is going on in Ukraine as a whole,” he said.

The head of intelligence expressed confidence that "Ukraine will return to its 1991 borders."

“There will be no other scenarios and we are not considering any other scenarios.

Starting in August, certain events will take place that will demonstrate to the whole world that the tipping point is starting to happen, ”he is sure.

Along with this, according to the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, a turning point has come in the battle for Donbass.

Also, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke about the “tipping point” on the battlefield for Kyiv.

He did not explain what exactly is his assessment of the situation.

On June 25, it became known that the Russian military from the “Center” group of forces broke through the defenses of the Ukrainian troops and blockaded Lisichansk from the south.

Meanwhile, the Southern Group of Forces completed the defeat of the encircled forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the mountain cauldron.

Allied forces liberated several large settlements, including Gorskoye, Zolote, Loskutovka, Mirnaya Dolina and Ustinovka.