‘Primary occasion’ in Ukrainian counteroffensive but to come back – MOD chief

32‘Primary occasion’ in Ukrainian counteroffensive but to come back – MOD chief

Kiev’s assaults on Russian strains have merely been a “preview” to date, Aleksey Reznikov has claimed

Essentially the most vital push in Kiev’s counteroffensive in opposition to Russian forces remains to be to come back as the majority of Western-trained reserves haven’t but been deployed, Ukrainian Protection Minister Aleksey Reznikov has claimed.

The seize of a number of small villages far from the principle Russian defensive strains was “not the principle occasion” of the Ukrainian operation however merely a “preview,” Reznikov said in an interview with the Monetary Occasions on Wednesday.

“When it [the major push] occurs, you’ll all see it… Everybody will see all the things,” he insisted.

In response to the minister, Kiev’s major troop reserves, together with many of the brigades educated within the West and armed with NATO-supplied tanks and armored automobiles, haven’t been used within the counteroffensive to date.

Reznikov additionally commented on final week’s failed revolt by the Wagner personal army firm in Russia, claiming it was a “vivid illustration” of Moscow’s vulnerabilities.

“This helps the West notice that they’re investing in Ukraine for a cause, that Ukraine’s victory is completely actual and coming quickly,” he argued.

Nonetheless, Reznikov acknowledged that the aborted riot had not affected Russian troops on the entrance line and that there was no signal of a collapse in morale.

As a substitute of banking on “mutinies and riots” in Russia, Ukraine “ought to belief in our safety and protection forces in addition to our companions offering weapons,” the minister stated.

Ukraine launched its long-anticipated counteroffensive alongside the entrance line in early June, utilizing German-made Leopard 2 tanks, US-supplied Bradley combating automobiles and different Western {hardware}. In response to Moscow, Kiev has to date failed to realize any vital advances regardless of struggling heavy losses.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky acknowledged every week in the past that the progress of the counteroffensive was “slower than desired.” Unnamed US officers additionally informed CNN that Kiev’s operation was “not assembly expectations on any entrance.” Ukrainian troops and armor have confirmed to be “susceptible” to Russian minefields, missiles and aviation, they stated.

Throughout a Russian Safety Council assembly final week, it was claimed that between June 4 and 21 Ukraine misplaced greater than 13,000 troops, in addition to 246 tanks, together with 13 equipped by the West, and 152 infantry combating automobiles.

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