Nearing five months into the war against Russia, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that to reclaim the nation’s south from Russian occupation, Ukraine intends to field a “million-strong army” that will be armed with weapons supplied by NATO.

Reznikov gave his first interview to the BBC since the beginning of the invasion. In that interview, he stated that President Zelensky had given orders to Ukraine’s military to recapture occupied coastal areas that are essential to the country’s economy.

But here lies a more significant question to the administration: Will Ukraine’s efforts to build a “million-strong army” be enough to ensure victory over Russia without them being strategic enough on their next steps to be taken?

Taking from the defense minister’s comments, he added that regaining control of Ukraine’s southern Black Sea coast was vital for the country’s economic recovery.