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    The Pentagon pointed to the places of the main losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the counteroffensive

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    The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) are suffering losses during the counteroffensive mainly in minefields, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff (CNS) of the US Armed Forces (AF), said on July 18 at a press conference at the Pentagon, which was broadcast on YouTube editions of The Independent. “The Ukrainian losses in this offensive are due not so much to Russian air power as to minefields,” Milley said. According to him, it is necessary to solve the problem associated with minefields, and not with the lack of military aviation near Kyiv. He noted that the West is actively supplying Ukraine with mine-clearing equipment in order to ensure the Ukrainian army conducts a counteroffensive. Milli also expressed confidence that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be able to conduct a successful counteroffensive. “I am sure that they (the Armed Forces) can achieve this. Especially if they use the tactics and skills that they have been taught, and also conduct these operations at night, which will deprive the Russians of the ability to use air power, ”he said. The American military leader pointed out that it was too early to assess the counteroffensive and say that it had bogged down. “I think there is still a lot of fighting ahead. And I repeat what I said earlier: it will be a long, difficult, bloody affair. Let’s see how this will eventually turn out in terms of the opposition of Ukrainians to Russians, ”added Milli. Reactive assistance: what kind of threat does Ukraine’s missile arsenal pose? Kiev has Soviet and Western-made ammunition at its disposal ATACMS. It was also stated that on July 18, further assistance to the Kyiv authorities will be discussed, which may include air defense (air defense) and artillery. On July 17, Michael McCall (R-Texas), Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives, said that there could be no successful counteroffensive from Ukraine without additional artillery and air cover.

    Western countries have stepped up military and financial support for Kyiv against the background of the Russian special operation to protect Donbass, which has been ongoing since February 24, 2022. The corresponding decision was made in connection with the aggravation of the situation in the region due to attacks by the Ukrainian military.Share:

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