According to US General Mark Milley, Ukraine is making “solid progress” in a counteroffensive that will require time and be expensive.
Top American military sources warned that the ongoing counteroffensive by Ukraine against Russian soldiers will be difficult and will probably cost a lot of money.
The US evaluation of Kyiv’s counteroffensive came as Chechen fighters announced their deployment to the Russian region of Belgorod bordering Ukraine to thwart attacks from pro-Ukraine Russian partisan groups and as Ukrainian military officials on Thursday reported advances along the front line in several locations.
“Ukraine has started its onslaught, and they are moving forward steadily. This is a really challenging battle. In NATO’s headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, US Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: “It’s a very violent struggle, and it will probably take a reasonable period at a significant cost.
Milley said it was far too early “to put any estimations” on how long the Ukrainian counteroffensive may last after a meeting of the US-led Contact Group, which is made up of about 50 nations that provide military supplies to Ukraine.
As the battle was a “marathon, not a sprint,” and Ukraine needed even more armaments, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told the audience that Kyiv needed immediate and long-term help.
Austin added that despite initial casualties brought on by Russia, Ukraine still had sufficient weapons to launch its counteroffensive.
Moscow has highlighted video footage it claims was shot at the beginning of Ukraine’s campaign to retake territory from Russia, showing German Leopard tanks and US-donated Bradley battle vehicles.
Austin added of the videos, “The Russians have shown us [those] identical five vehicles roughly 1,000 times from 10 different viewpoints. Yet, the Ukrainians still possess significant combat might and capabilities.
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Kyiv needed to be able to fix broken equipment since “this is a war, so we know that there will be battle damage on both sides,” Austin added.
In his opinion, the element that does the best in terms of sustainability will likely have the advantage in the end. “This will continue to be a tough fight as we anticipate it,” he concluded.
This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that Kyiv’s onslaught had failed and that Russian forces were killing ten times as many Ukrainians as they were suffering.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechen, also revealed on Thursday that members of the “Zapad-Akhmat” battalion had been stationed close to the location of a cross-border assault by pro-Ukrainian forces in May in Russia’s Belgorod area.
“Residents of the areas close to the Ukrainian border can relax… A lightning response will be delivered to everyone who crosses our border, Kadyrov said in a post on the Telegram messaging service.
In its two big drives in the south thus far, Ukraine has reclaimed 100 square kilometres (38 square miles) of terrain and at least seven communities, according to Brigadier-General Oleksii Hromov of Ukraine.
US military chief declared that Even with our bare hands, we are prepared to keep fighting to liberate our territory. According to Ukrainian military officials, the army of Ukraine on the southern front had advanced up to 7km (4.4 miles) in the region along the Mokry Yali and up to 3km (1.8 miles) on another axis further west close to the settlement of Mala Tokmachka.
Valeriy Shershen, a spokesman for the Tavria military sector in southern Ukraine, said, “Our units and troops are going forward in the face of heavy battle [and] the enemy aviation and artillery supremacy.” There were also reports of advances in the destroyed city of Bakhmut, which Moscow captured last month.
The critical test of Ukraine’s advance, however, is still to come because Ukrainian forces have not yet reached the most potent Russian defence positions, which are located some distance from the front line. An offensive force consisting of 12 brigades with thousands of soldiers each, most of which were recently imported Western armoured vehicles, is thought to have been prepared by Kyiv.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a Washington, DC-based research tank, stated on Friday that Ukrainian forces’ current activities are “creating the framework for broader Ukrainian counteroffensive aims that are not immediately obvious.”