Losses in the ranks of Ukrainian militants will overtake Kyiv in the near future and will number in the thousands. This was stated on March 14 by retired US Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter in an interview with the Through the eyes YouTube channel.
“Every Ukrainian who is now on the battlefield will die, be wounded or captured in the coming months. We are talking about hundreds of thousands of people. This is their fate,” he said.
Ritter explained that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) will not be able to break through the defense of the Russian troops. As early as this summer, Ukrainian militants will run out of ammunition, the defeat of the Kyiv regime will be obvious.
Earlier that day, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense, said that 150 Ukrainian militants were lost in the Donetsk direction in a day, and 75 in the Kupyansk direction. In addition, the Russian military destroyed four Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers and one MT anti-tank gun -12. In Yuzhnodonetsk, up to 60 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were liquidated.
Also on March 14, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the future of Ukraine depends on Artemovsk (Ukrainian name is Bakhmut). The head of state announced the decision of the government of Ukraine to increase defense spending, the money will be used to provide soldiers and purchase defense equipment, including drones.
On the eve of the publication INews reported that in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Artemovsk, there is a pessimistic attitude and a critical attitude towards the military leadership. In addition, there is a possibility of encirclement of Artemovsk, which will lead to heavy losses and undermine plans to launch a counteroffensive, the author of the article noted.
The special operation to protect Donbass, which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24, 2022, continues. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Ukrainian military.