The world has been promised a Ukrainian counteroffensive that is for ‘total victory’.
Better hurry for Spring is dwindling away and Summer looms.
I understand that the weather and on-ground conditions can be a bit challenging….but we were promised.
US expectations are large but conditional…..
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Monday that future US support for Ukraine depends on Kyiv’s looming counteroffensive.
“I think there’s going to be a lot riding on the line with this counteroffensive,” McCaul told Bloomberg. “If Ukraine is successful in the eyes of the American people and the world, I think it will be a game-changer for continued support. If they are not, that will also have an impact, in a negative way, though.”
The US has put enormous weight on Kyiv’s expected counteroffensive and has helped Ukraine prepare for the assault by training soldiers and sending more arms. But leaked Pentagon documents and media reports indicate the US doesn’t expect Kyiv to regain significant territory.
McCaul said he expects Ukraine to focus its counteroffensive on the land bridge Russia has secured to Crimea. He said after Ukraine pushed back Russian forces, Kyiv could “call for a ceasefire, after which we can then maybe have negotiations, to finally resolve this.”
AS I said waiting for better weather….Ukraine is waiting for better weather before it launches its long-awaited spring counteroffensive, the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK told Sky News.
The longer they wait the lower the expectations it seems…..
Senior Ukrainian officials fear their coming counteroffensive will not live up to the expectations of Kyiv’s Western backers, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.
“The expectation from our counteroffensive campaign is overestimated in the world,” said Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. “Most people are … waiting for something huge.”
One of the Pentagon documents that appeared online as part of the Discord leaks was a US assessment from February that showed the US did not believe Ukraine could regain significant territory. POLITICO reported on April 24 that current assessments say something similar.
But Western officials are still insisting that Ukraine has what it needs to retake territory from Russia this spring. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last week that Kyiv is capable despite what the Discord leaks revealed.
Reznikov said Kyiv’s Western backers have said they need an example of “a success because we need to show it to our people,” as a Ukrainian failure would not bode well for rallying more military assistance for Kyiv. “But I cannot tell you what the scale of this success would be. Ten kilometers, 30 kilometers, 100 kilometers, 200 kilometers?” said Reznikov.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs and staunch supporter of arming Ukraine, has said future aid hinges on the counteroffensive. “If Ukraine is successful in the eyes of the American people and the world, I think it will be a game-changer for continued support. If they are not, that will also have an impact, in a negative way, though,” McCaul said last week.
Reznikov and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the Post that they were still preparing for the counteroffensive. Zelensky said they will be ready to launch the assault “as soon as the weapons that were agreed with our partners are filled.”
Reznikov said the “first assault formation” is more than 90% prepared but some troops are still receiving training in other countries. The looming counteroffensive is expected to be focused on the south as an attempt to sever the land bridge Russia has secured to Crimea.
I am sure I will get all the usual excuses….
Let’s say the counteroffensive is moderately successful…..does anyone really see a change in this conflict?
I do not.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”
8 thoughts on “The Spring Counteroffensive”
I wish the damned stinking Republicans would keep their noses out of foreign affairs! That’s what I wish! I wish the World would unite and deal Russia a crippling blow before they get bold enough to cause the rest of us grief. In order for cancer to be cured, it has to be excised at a very early stage. Completely excised.
It will be awhile before they are bold i9f the reports of the disarray of their army are true. chuq
There has been so much talk about this offensive, the BBC has even been showing maps displaying the Ukrainian build-up, and the excact locations. Meanwhile, Russia has built significant defences in those same areas, including miles of tank-traps and reinforced bunkers. They have also moved more artillery and fresh troops into their reserve lines.
Zelensky might just as well have given Putin the full plans. I hope it is a big bluff, and they attack somewhere else, but somehow I doubt that.
Best wishes, Pete.
I just think that i9t should e a fall back plan…..for this one will not work. chiq
The Ukrainians (being a part of Rus and Soviet Russia for so many years, have certainly learned the art of Maskirovka (deception). Don’t believe everything you see in the media.
So these reports cited are disinformation? chuq
They could be. If they are, and we know that for certain…..that would be classified information. I’m merely pointing out a cultural and institutional norm…..that the media wouldn’t know if it hit them in the ass.
Interesting……classification has its uses. chuq