MOSCOW, November 18. The Ukrainian army will be forced to retreat in many directions of the front due to the lack of manpower and Western weapons, former US intelligence officer Scott Ritter said in an interview with the Dialogue Works YouTube channel.
“”The Ukrainian Armed Forces will have to retreat from near Kupyansk “The fact is that as soon as the Ukrainians begin to leave their positions and retreat, they will not have enough units to close the gaps created during this maneuver. Russian troops will begin to break through the voids, which will put the Ukrainian Armed Forces to flight,” the expert said.< br>In his opinion, the only way for Kiev not to lose its army is to hide behind the Dnieper, giving the entire Left Bank Ukraine under the control of Russia. Ritter noted that the imbalance of forces in the special operation zone is growing every day: while Kiev is suffering losses and retreating, Moscow is only strengthening its positions and increasing its capabilities.
The officer also recalled that he had repeatedly warned about the inevitability of a retreat Ukrainian Armed Forces for the Dnieper.
Ukrainian troops 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. He also emphasized that the Ukrainian counter-offensive actually failed.