'Slow but on schedule': Reznikov explained what slows down the counteroffensive
The head of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Oleksiy Reznikov, has said that the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Defense Forces on the frontline to liberate the territories seized by Russia is moving slowly, but it is going strictly according to plan. Many factors influence the advancement of the Ukrainian military.
The Ukrainian minister said this in an interview with CNN on Monday, July 24. He noted that the view of a rapid offensive would be erroneous.
Reznikov emphasized that the course of the Ukrainian army's offensive is affected in particular by the amount of ammunition, artillery shells and systems, as well as air defense systems.
"This is a question of air defense. The issue is that we also have a very long battle line. And we have a large number of enemies against us. So this is a war, not a computer game," Reznikov said.
He noted that commanders and generals see the situation on the battlefield and react quickly to new developments, and added that the most important thing for Ukraine is to preserve the lives of the military.
"Our generals, our commanders see the real situation on the battlefield. And once again I must repeat that the main value for us is the lives of our soldiers," the Minister said.
The head of the defense ministry also recalled that the slowdown of the counteroffensive was caused, among other things, by a large number of minefields. Therefore, the AFU has to clear paths through the fields by hand.
"We need to use our soldiers, sappers very slowly, preparing corridors for real offensive movement," Reznikov said.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the offensive operation of Ukrainian troops will not end within one or two weeks - the State Department expects "several months". At the same time, in fact, the Russian Federation has already lost the war.
- The Wall Street Journal wrote that before the counteroffensive, Western officials knew that Kyiv did not have enough weapons, relying on the courage and resourcefulness of the Ukrainian defenders.