Reznikov on the counter-offensive: we will not send soldiers to their deaths without results
Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces' counter-offensive is going according to plan. According to him, unlike the terrorist state of Russia, our country values its soldiers and does not send them to their deaths without a result.
Reznikov added that Ukraine had previously discussed the plan to liberate the territories with its partners. He spoke about this in an interview with the German newspaper Bild.
The head of the defence ministry stressed that the Russian occupiers had densely mined the territories and prepared for defence. Ukraine's partners are aware of the situation at the front and understand that the counter-offensive is proceeding as planned.
"Everything is really going according to our plan. This plan was also discussed with our partners in advance. And everyone who is really involved in this process is aware of it. They know what the enemy's defences are, what the security zones are, where the minefields are, where the tanks are surrounded, where the fortifications are," Reznikov said.
In addition, the minister added that Ukraine has had serious discussions with US officials on the issue of a counter-offensive. However, he assured that there was no criticism of the Ukrainian military by our partners.
Reznikov also said that Ukraine is making slower progress than expected because, unlike Russia, our country wants to protect the lives of its soldiers and preserve military equipment.
"We are not going to send our soldiers to die in battle without any result. Besides, the Russians now have air superiority. The counter-offensive is not a film. It is not a Hollywood blockbuster," said the Defence Minister.
As a reminder, Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, stressed that the counter-offensive by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which began in June, is going according to plan. He explained that it was a complex operation because the Russian occupiers were well prepared.
Earlier, Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov admitted that the Defence Forces had "fallen behind schedule" in the liberation of the occupied territories and Crimea in particular. Events are developing more slowly than expected, but Ukraine continues to move towards its goal.