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Ben Hodges: The West is to blame for Ukraine's counteroffensive failure - Ben Hodges

Ben Hodges explains why the Ukrainian counteroffensive failed

The lack of results of the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is not the fault of Ukraine or its leadership, but of its Western partners. They failed to provide our military with the weapons and equipment they expected.

In particular, we are talking about air power and precision weapons. It was their absence that extended the war for at least another year. This was stated by retired Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, former commander of U.S. forces in Europe, in the Silicon Curtain podcast.

He emphasized that he was disappointed with the lack of expected and predictable results of the counteroffensive.

"It was we, the West, who failed, not Ukraine who failed," the general emphasized.

He also drew attention to the fact that Russia has been trying to conquer Ukraine since 2014, but with all its capabilities it has been able to capture only 17% of its territory, losing more than 300,000 people, a significant part of its weapons, and fleet supremacy in the Black Sea.

Hodges emphasized that the Kremlin continues to hope that Ukraine will be cut off from Western aid. He is optimistic about the hesitation of the US Congress and the desire of some European countries to push Ukraine to negotiate with Russia.

As a reminder, Czech President Petr Pavel rebuked the leaders of European countries who claim to be "tired" of the war that Russia is waging against Ukraine. The politician said that there is no reason to talk about fatigue, because Europe does not feel the war, and missiles are falling on Ukrainian cities.

As reported by OBOZ.UA:

- A strategy for Ukraine's victory in the war with Russia was presented in Estonia. The Estonian military and experts who worked on its development are convinced that Russia's defeat is inevitable, and it can be achieved by 2026 or even sooner.

- Roman Svitan, a pilot-instructor, colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in reserve, and military expert, explained that the lack of long-range weapons prevented a Ukrainian counteroffensive in 2023. Next year, these issues are likely to be resolved. In particular, if aviation arrives, the process of liberating the state from the occupiers will be "faster and more fun."

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