Occupiers are in bad shape and the command is a mess: Russia is no longer capable of an offensive in Ukraine - Volker
The Russian occupation army has exhausted its resources and is no longer capable of carrying out offensive actions. The Russian army command is in disarray, and the occupiers have low morale. Meanwhile, Ukraine, on the contrary, is planning a significant counteroffensive and reclaiming captured territories.
The aggressor country is also experiencing a shortage of weapons and is trying to look for them in other countries. This was stated by former U.S. State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, Express reports.
Volker is sure that from the very beginning of the full-scale invasion, everyone overestimated the capabilities of the Russian army. He admitted that the Russian special services had misled not only dictator Vladimir Putin, but also Western analysts.
"First, we all overestimated Russia's military potential and underestimated Ukraine's capabilities. We saw when the Russian secret services misled Putin, and we were misled too. There was a lot more corruption, inefficiency and poor leadership in the system," Volker said.
In addition, he stated the fact that the Russians can no longer conduct offensive actions. The front line has not changed significantly since the fall of 2022.
"At first, Russia made significant gains in eastern Ukraine and toward Kiev. But now the Ukrainians have pushed them back. The fighting has not progressed since Ukraine recaptured Kherson last fall. The Russians are no longer able to advance," he noted.
In addition, Volker noted that the Russian troops are experiencing arms shortages. Therefore, the Russian leadership is forced to seek help from other authoritarian countries, in particular Iran and North Korea.
"We know they are trying to recruit more people, we know they are trying to get equipment from Iran and North Korea. We know that their armed forces are in bad shape on the ground, and they don't have the means to replenish themselves. They also don't have good leadership, so it's really a mess," Volker said.
As a reminder, Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Defense Ministry's Main Directorate of Intelligence, said that Russia has stopped the offensive and switched to strategic defense. Its task is to hold the captured territories. The exceptions are two directions - Bakhmut and Avdiivka.
Earlier it was reported that Russian troops lost another 680 occupants in the war against Ukraine on April 21. Also on the front, four tanks, four armored vehicles and five enemy artillery systems were destroyed. In total, since the beginning of the large-scale invasion, the invaders have lost 185,730 people.
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