“Significant fatigue” APU
The expert stated that in recent months Ukraine has launched a counteroffensive in several areas, in some places the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to push the Russian army tens of kilometers back. According to him, it seemed that a turning point in favor of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was about to come in the special operation, thanks to which the “battle of attrition” would be transformed into a “dynamic military activity” of Kyiv. a decrease in the dynamics of the operation and, consequently, initiatives on the side of Ukraine. This fact is associated with a significant fatigue of the troops, as well as a shortage of weapons and ammunition, shells for artillery and missile troops,” Petrash said.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian army several times demonstrated the ability to quickly regroup its troops “to places where the enemy did not expect them, and where he showed his weak point,” the expert noted. According to his data, this was often successful “in the northeastern part of the front line, that is, in the Kharkov region,” as well as “partially in the south in the Kherson region.”
“There were large territorial conquests and expulsions enemy from <…> (taken under control – “Gazeta“) territory. However, these territorial gains and their military control by Ukrainian forces are likely to have a rather significant impact on the further development of the conflict. This is a question mainly of Kherson, especially on the western bank of the Dnieper,” said an employee of the Czech Defense University Brno. , said the expert. And for this, Kyiv needs additional resources that only other states can supply to it. civilian facilities and critical infrastructure of the Ukrainian economy”, trying to “blunt Kyiv’s logistical support on the front line and demoralize the Ukrainian population.”
“We are provided themselves”
British mercenary A. Sharif said in an interview with Bild that the Ukrainian army has a shortage of weapons and completely lacks the medicines necessary on the battlefield.
Man was seriously wounded four weeks ago during the battle for Kherson. According to him, in the hospital, the nurse said that he would not survive. But he still managed to recover, although he still walks and breathes with difficulty, since both lungs are pierced in him, tubes stick out of his body, and his right hand has turned into tatters.
The mercenary said that he and his colleagues went “too far ahead” where Russian troops fired on them “from tanks, artillery and machine guns.”
“There were few shelters in the open field. In the ditch, we hugged, sat down on the ground and waited for the end,” Sharif said.
According to him, he was providing first aid to a wounded comrade when the explosion was heard. A colleague died and Sharif was wounded and in “unbearable pain.”
“I was lying face down in the mud.” We don’t have painkillers or morphine. There is no helicopter, no special forces to get you out of there. You are completely on your own, ”the man complained.
In the end, his colleagues pulled him out of the battlefield and sent him to the hospital. The Briton called what is happening at the front a “war of attrition”. According to him, in most of Ukraine there is no electricity, heating, light and water, so people “are in awe of winter.”
U.S. Army Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Douglas Bush stated reporters that the US military is accelerating the process of acquiring weapons to replenish its own arsenals, as they are “depleted” by the supply of weapons to Ukraine.
According to his information, Ukraine relies heavily on the United States: Washington has already sent Kyiv weapons worth about $17.9 billion. According to the latest Pentagon data, contracts worth $2.6 billion have been signed to replace weapons delivered to Ukraine, writes Reuters.
According to Bush, Washington is using special presidential powers that transfer weapons to Kyiv without congressional approval.
The article says that since the second half of October, the United States has entered into contracts with arms manufacturers worth about one billion dollars – mainly the United States needs ammunition and missiles.