MOSCOW, November 12. Western partners criticize the Ukrainian command for the loss of expensive NATO military equipment in an unsuccessful attack on Russian fortified areas, writes Telegraph.
““The entire Western world perceives the cessation of the counter-offensive by the Ukrainians as a kind of failure,” the article says.< br>It is noted that the Ukrainian Armed Forces received everything that could be required to break through the front: German, British and American tanks, artillery and other weapons. The Ukrainian military was trained by Western specialists, and the units were given the opportunity to retreat to the rear, rest and replenish equipment. Despite this, Kyiv was unable to achieve any significant results, British journalists recalled.
“If Western officers had been given an armored division, they would have done much better. One of two things is happening: either tanks, even with Western tactics and crew training, are no longer a decisive weapon; or the Ukrainians, despite being trained in the armies NATO countries are doing something wrong,” the material summarizes.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine tried for five months to advance in the Yuzhnodonetsk, Artemovsk and Zaporozhye directions, throwing into battle brigades trained by NATO and armed with foreign equipment. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on October 5 at a meeting of the Valdai international discussion club that since June 4, the enemy has lost over 90 thousand people, 557 tanks and almost 1,900 armored vehicles. The Ukrainian counter-offensive actually failed, he emphasized.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny called the situation a stalemate for Kyiv. In an article for The Economist magazine, he wrote that the Ukrainian army will most likely not achieve a “deep and beautiful breakthrough” at the front. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in turn, noted that the sooner the Kyiv authorities understand that there is no chance of achieving success on the battlefield, the sooner some prospects for resolving the situation will open.