New Ukraine’s Defense Minister to Prioritize Economy for Warfare, Claims Russia

Russia’s Shift Towards Militarization: Appointment of Economist Belousov as Defense Minister Signals New Priorities and Increased Military Capabilities.

The recent appointment of economist Andrei Belousov as Russia’s new defense minister indicates the country’s commitment to reorganize its priorities and focus on strengthening its military capabilities, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak. Russian President Vladimir Putin made this surprising decision more than two years after Russia invaded Ukraine, demonstrating a shift towards militarization in the country.

In addition to appointing Belousov, Putin also proposed that former defense minister Sergei Shoigu take on a role in Russia’s Security Council with responsibilities for the military-industrial complex. These changes suggest that Russia is willing to transform its economy to support its military needs, as evidenced by Shoigu’s appointment.

Podolyak believes that these changes reflect the broader transformation of Russia into a more militaristic nation, with an economy geared towards producing goods for the military. As Russia continues to advance in regions like eastern Ukraine, Podolyak emphasized the importance of tighter sanctions on Russia and increased military support for Ukraine from Western allies.

As the conflict in Ukraine reaches a critical juncture after over two years of fighting, Podolyak stressed the need for Ukraine to have greater air power, long-range capabilities, and ammunition to secure its position in the war. The outcome of this phase of the conflict, according to Podolyak, will shape the post-war world and the future of the region.

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