Ukraine celebrated the progress of its counteroffensive and questioned critics of its army. (AP/Iryna Rybakova)
The main adviser to the Ukrainian Presidency, Mikhailo Podoliak, defended this Wednesday the progress of the Kiev counteroffensive and recalled that his country’s troops are fighting against what called itself “the second Army in the world.”
Podoliak pointed out that those who question or give advice about the counter-offensive should be reminded that in the run-up to the invasion of Ukraine, the main international powers “hysterically feared” the Russian Armed Forces, and did not even imagine that it could be “combatted again.” effective way”.
“Everyone must be patient and closely monitor the high-quality work of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Podoliak, a confidant of Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky, said on his official profile on the X social network, formerly known as Twitter.
In fact, the presidential adviser has stressed that, when Ukraine achieves the success of the counteroffensive, “Russia will cease to exist as a military threat (…) at least for Ukraine and Europe.” “In the meantime, offensive operations continue,” Podoliak remarked.
The main adviser to the Presidency of Ukraine, Mikhailo Podoliak. (Europe Press)
After weeks of speculating about the start of the counteroffensive, Ukraine finally started this military campaign at the beginning of June. However, so far both the Kiev authorities, including Zelensky, and their main allies, have acknowledged that the operation is progressing slower than expected.
Zelensky tries to relaunch his army’s counteroffensive on the southern front, where Ukrainian troops would have reached the enemy’s first defensive line in an attempt to reach the sea and isolate the Crimean peninsula. “The closest circle and all the attention on a single issue: our offensive,” the president commented this Wednesday on Telegram, a message in which he reported that he discussed with the high command his troops the next “steps”, the supplies and the actions of the enemy.
The deputy commander of the Ukrainian forces in the south of the country, Sergui Kuzmin, stressed on Wednesday that his officers had advanced several hundred meters near the strategic village of Robotyne, in the heart of the Zaporizhzhia region. “We have reached the front line of the occupiers. The front line is very difficult, but our soldiers are advancing,” he remarked, according to the daily Ukrainska Pravda.
Kuzmin stressed that such operations are targeting the city of Melitopol, the capture of which would pave the way for the Ukrainians to clean their boots in the Azov Sea. “We are making progress, although this advance is slowed down by the minefields and the lack of aviation,” he admitted.
According to the official, kyiv is also making progress towards the port of Berdyansk, the key to breaking the land corridor between Donbas and Crimea. Another of the objectives is to gain control of Energodar, the town in the vicinity of which the largest nuclear power plant in Europe is located.
The morale of the Ukrainian troops has also improved thanks to the news coming from the United States. And it is that the president, Joe Biden, has given the “green light” for the prompt instruction of Ukrainian pilots in the use of F-16 fighters. This was confirmed by Sabrina Singh, a Pentagon spokesperson, who explained that Denmark and the Netherlands are the countries that have shown the greatest interest in training Ukrainian candidates.
Zelensky tries to relaunch his army’s counteroffensive on the southern front, where the Ukrainian troops would have reached the enemy’s first defensive line. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)
kyiv maintains that the planes are essential to be able to hammer Russian defensive positions, but also the logistics chains in the rear.
The Politico revisit reported last week that eight pilots are fluent in English and are waiting for the US and European countries to formally approve the training course. In addition, he stressed that another twenty could start their English classes in the United Kingdom in a matter of weeks.
In turn, the German arms corporation Rheinmetall has bought 50 Leopard 1 tanks from the Belgian company OIP Land Systems. The German newspaper Handelsblatt specified that Rheinmetall will repair these battle tanks at its Dusseldorf factory, after which it will deliver 30 of these Leopards to Kiev, although later the Deutsche Welle agency spoke only of 25 tanks.
(With information from EuropaPress and EFE)
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