The American general Mark Milley has said that it is too early to call the counterattack launched in June by Ukrainian forces to restore the territory a failure occupied territories militarily by Russia.
“The offensive began about 90 days ago. “It was slower than planned, but there is a difference between what Clausewitz called war on paper and a real war,” Milley said in statements to Britain’s BBC.
“These are real people in real vehicles fighting through real minefields, and there is real death and destruction and there is real friction. There is still a reasonable time to fight, about 30 or 45 days,” he added.
For Milley, “the fight is not over yet.” “The Ukrainians They haven’t stopped fighting (…), so we’ll see. It’s too early to say how this will end.
Furthermore, they succeeded at least partially in what they set out to do, and that is important. Then the rain comes and everything becomes very muddy,” he added.
Under these circumstances “it will be very difficult to maneuver and then the harshest winter will come.” “At this point we will see how things go, but at the moment it is too early to say whether this offensive has failed or “Not,” he emphasized.
For his part, the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, Kirilo Budanov, has emphasized that they are still superior to the Russians in terms of “creativity and flexibility.”
“They are quite behind, but they are adapting and changing their tactics and the way they use their forces. They have failed miserably in their strategy, but their tactics show some improvement,” he noted while speaking at the forum. Yalta European Strategytook place this Saturday in Kiev.
“Now they are using drones in large numbers. Before the war they didn’t even understand its meaning, and now they adapt and copy us,” he explained.