The Ukrainian counter-offensive “did not fail”, but the road to a definitive victory for Kyiv in the conflict is still very long, judged the American chief of staff, General Mark Milley, in a broadcast interview Sunday.
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Ukraine launched a counter-offensive in June to retake territories occupied by Russia, after receiving Western weapons and training new battalions.
“I know that some observers say that this offensive has failed. She did not fail,” the American general said in an interview on CNN.
“This offensive, although slow, slower than expected, remained constant,” he said, affirming that the Ukrainians still had “a significant strike force”.
The general conceded, however, that it “will take a long time” to achieve Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s goal “of kicking out all the Russians” from the country.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be received at the White House on Thursday for new discussions with President Joe Biden on supporting Kyiv against the Russian invasion.
This trip comes at a time when the American Congress is debating a new envelope of 24 billion dollars in military aid for Kyiv.
Volodymyr Zelensky should also go to the Capitol to meet the Republican and Democratic leadership.