Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny told US officials that his army was on the verge of a breakthrough .
According to The Wall Street Journal , a tense discussion has been going on between US and Ukrainian officials over the strategy of the counteroffensive for several weeks. The US military is calling for a concentration of forces, an attempt to break through the defenses of the Russian Federation and reach the Sea of Azov.
Although Ukraine has made adjustments, they still disagree on how to turn the tide before winter. “You don’t understand the nature of this conflict. This is not a counterinsurgency operation. This is Kursk,” one of the US representatives quoted Zaluzhny as saying.
Washington believes that Ukraine has enough equipment for the offensive, and it will not be possible to repeat it in the same volume next year. “We created this mountain of steel for the counteroffensive. We can’t do it again. It doesn’t exist,” a former US official told the paper.
At the same time, US officials believe that the Armed Forces of Ukraine can still achieve success. “The Ukrainian command also claims that the time for a counteroffensive has not yet expired, and Zaluzhny told US officials that his troops are on the verge of a breakthrough,” the report says.
Counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: latest news
President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Ukrainian army is advancing in several directions . As you know, the advance makes it difficult to mine the territories and positions of the Russian invaders.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan recently said that the war has not reached a dead end, as Ukrainian soldiers “on a methodical, systematic basis” liberate their territories .