Russian General Andrey Mordvichev has openly discussed President Putin's plans, stating that the attack on Ukraine is merely the starting point for further military conquests.
Mordvichev's comments suggest that Putin's ambitions extend beyond Ukraine, raising concerns about future conflicts with European nations.
These remarks were made during an appearance on Russia-1, a state-run television channel.
The invasion of Ukraine has ignited fears of a broader conflict, with some warning that it could be the precursor to World War III, pitting Russia against NATO and the West.
While Ukrainian forces have managed to push back Russian troops, Russian commentators have ramped up anti-NATO rhetoric, urging Putin and his generals to target other European countries.
Mordvichev's comments provide a glimpse into the thinking of Moscow's high-ranking military officials, suggesting that Putin intends to continue the war for many years, and possibly even expand further into the West.
When asked if Ukraine was merely a "stepping stone," Mordvichev, who is the commander of the Russian Central Military District, stated that the invasion was just the beginning of Russia's military ambitions. "There's still plenty of time to utilize," he added.
Recently promoted to the rank of Colonel General, Mordvichev holds a strong position and is a close ally of Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, who supports Putin's war.
Kadyrov has even called Mordvichev the best commander in Russia.