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Is the war at a stalemate? ISW explained what Zaluzhnyi's article for The Economist was really about

ISW explained what Zaluzhny's article was really about

The article by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny for The Economist did not say that the Russian-Ukrainian war had reached a deadlock. The general merely explained what steps Ukraine needs to take to eventually defeat the Russian occupiers.

Zaluzhny's words were focused on explaining that the current positional nature of the war was the result of technical and tactical parity on the battlefield and the widespread use of minefields by Russian and Ukrainian troops. This is stated in the analysis of the Institute for War Studies.

Zaluzhny's essay "Modern Positional Warfare and How to Win It" discusses what Ukraine should do to overcome the current positional stage of the war. Analysts note that Zaluzhny's opinion is more clearly expressed in this essay than in the short article in The Economist.

In his article, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine explained that Ukraine needs to achieve air superiority, penetrate minefields in depth, increase the effectiveness of counter-battery warfare, create and train the necessary reserves, and increase electronic warfare capabilities to overcome the positional war. In particular, Zaluzhnyi did not say in his essay that the war has reached a dead end, nor did he suggest that Ukraine cannot succeed.

According to ISW experts, this article was focused on explaining that the current positional nature of the war was the result of technical and tactical parity on the battlefield. Zaluzhny also described the opportunities offered to Ukraine by Russia's significant losses in aviation, the use of Western missile and artillery weapons by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and Russia's inability to use its mobilization resources due to political, organizational, and motivational problems.

In addition, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine noted in his essay that in order to avoid a World War I-style positional war, Ukraine must develop new approaches, including technological and other changes, some of which depend on Western support, while others require adaptation within the Ukrainian army, state, and society. At the same time, the general concluded that positional warfare is beneficial to the Russian Federation, as it prolongs hostilities and may allow the aggressor to gain an advantage in certain areas.

As a reminder, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky spoke out about the resonant article written by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny for The Economist. According to the head of state, the situation on the battlefield is not really a stalemate.

As reported by OBOZ.UA:

- The Economist recently published an article by Zaluzhny in which he stated that the war has reached a deadlock and Ukraine needs new military technologies to win.

- Kremlin spokesman Peskov, commenting on Zaluzhny's article, rejected the words about a deadlock and promised that "all goals will be achieved."

- The White House said that Zaluzhny's article proves the need to support Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia and called on Congress to pass a bill on additional funding.

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