‘alarmed’ by Ukraine’s sluggish counteroffensive – FT

44 ‘alarmed’ by Ukraine’s sluggish counteroffensive – FT

Final week, Russia’s president stated that Kiev had suffered huge losses in pointless assaults

Ukraine’s Western backers are rising “alarmed” on the sluggish progress of its much-hyped counteroffensive towards Russian forces, the Monetary Instances reported on Saturday. Nevertheless, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has sought to allay these issues, insisting that his nation’s fortunes on the battlefield are about to alter.

Talking on the Aspen Safety Discussion board on Friday, Zelensky tried to clarify the issues with the counteroffensive – which Moscow says has failed to achieve any floor – by declaring that Ukraine initially needed to launch its push within the spring, however finally determined towards it as a result of a scarcity of ammunition and educated troops. The delay allowed Russia to construct formidable defenses and lay down minefields, which have slowed down progress, he stated.

He added that Ukraine was “approaching a second when related actions can achieve tempo as a result of we’re already going by way of some mine areas and we’re demining these areas.”

In the meantime, talking on the identical convention, White Home Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan described Kiev’s offensive operations as “onerous going,” including that it had misplaced a “important” variety of troops. Nevertheless, he famous that it was nonetheless too early to evaluate the counteroffensive’s outcomes, provided that Ukraine had but to commit a “substantial quantity of fight energy” to the struggle.

In response to the Monetary Instances, whereas Western officers have publicly tried to place a optimistic spin on Ukraine’s navy efforts, many have been much less optimistic in non-public conversations.

The paper quoted Philip Zelikow, a historical past professor on the College of Virginia and former diplomat, who warned that Ukraine was “shifting in direction of what might be a winter of discontent.” He expressed the view that Kiev would expertise devastating financial penalties from the battle, whereas its Western allies are already bearing important prices to maintain the cash-strapped Ukrainian authorities afloat.

Additionally on Friday, President Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian Safety Council that Western nations needed to be disillusioned with the counteroffensive’s outcomes, and that “the colossal quantities of assets that have been pumped into the Kiev regime” had not helped to interrupt by way of Russian defenses. He additionally stated that Ukraine had misplaced “tens of 1000’s of troops” because of its “suicidal assaults.”

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