Kyiv Fighters Look To US Aid For ‘Air Dominance’ in Counteroffensive

Oleg Shiryaev, commander of the 225th separate assault battalion, informed me through a translator that there is a joke to the effect that, prior to the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022, some people thought the Russian army to be the second-best army in the world. 

After the invasion, it was clear that it was Ukraine’s second-best army. It’s the second-best army in Russia after the Prigozhin coup, everyone in the room giggles.

Of course, Ukraine’s struggle for existence is no laughing matter. And the entire world is waiting to see how the nation takes advantage of Western assistance in its bid to drive a more resourceful and manpower-rich force off its territory.

Because of the success of our counteroffensive in Kharkiv, which we all remember, we entered this offensive with very high expectations from not only our Western allies but also from the Ukrainian people, said Yuriy Sak, an adviser to the defense minister, over the sound of air raid sirens on Sunday.

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Assessing Weaknesses In Ukraine’s Counterattack

However, the military and political command were realistic and understood that conditions would not be the same as they were in Kharkiv and Kherson. 

The Russians built previously unheard-of hardened defense lines to protect the front lines in every area of the east and south.

As a result, we were aware that a huge area was covered in innumerable mines and ditches.

The map illustrates how Russia’s land is divided up and how the Ukrainian counterattack is organized.

Alternatively put, the counterattack is still in its early phases. By this point, offensive activities have been underway for about a month and a half, but much of the activity is still focused on probing and planning. 

Consequently, we have not yet committed our main forces and are currently examining the enemy’s defensive positions for weaknesses.

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