Months earlier than Russia’s invasion in February 2022, he predicted a large-scale assault when the remainder of the world was in denial about Moscow’s intentions.
Because the struggle started, he has given interviews from a spartan workplace – typically with a map of a fragmented Russia seen behind him.
“We’re going to win towards the ‘nice and invincible’ Russian military like David gained towards Goliath,” Budanov has mentioned.
He’s described by supporters as a grasp of asymmetrical warfare.
However his prediction that Ukrainian troops would enter Crimea in 2023 did not materialise and the entrance line has remained largely static because the finish of 2022.
ATTACKS ON RUSSIA
Budanov, dubbed “Buddhanov” by Ukrainian media for his calm manner, has claimed a number of operations inside Russia, together with a drone strike in January on an oil refinery in St Petersburg – removed from the entrance line.
Moscow additionally accuses the GUR of orchestrating an explosion in October 2022 that partially destroyed the bridge linking the occupied Crimean peninsula to Russia.
Budanov and his males are favorite targets for the Kremlin.
Because the begin of the invasion, Russia has a minimum of twice focused the army intelligence headquarters in Kyiv, claiming in Might 2023 to have killed Budanov.
Based on the GUR, his spouse Marianna was poisoned final November however survived.
That has did not cease Budanov.
“The variety of assaults towards Russian infrastructure will in all probability multiply,” he mentioned on Feb 1.
Just a few hours later, his company claimed to have sunk a Russian warship in Crimea.