The low morale of the Ukrainian militants threatens to disrupt the counteroffensive. This opinion was expressed by National Review columnist Michael Brendan Doherty.
“One potential sign of trouble could be reports that Ukraine is having difficulty recruiting and mobilizing soldiers for its long-discussed offensive,” he wrote in a May 30 report.
It is indicated that pessimism is observed among the Ukrainian army and in civil society. In addition, Doherty expresses the opinion that Western countries can put pressure on the Kiev regime to launch a counteroffensive.
On May 31, John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator at the US National Security Council, announced that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing for an offensive in the summer. He did not name specific dates, but noted that the United States has been in contact with Ukraine from the very beginning of planning operations.
On May 27, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin said that Western countries are pushing Ukraine to launch a counteroffensive. According to him, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky intends to continue the conflict, despite all the risks.
Prior to that, on May 18, Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko said that the West was placing too high stakes on the upcoming Ukrainian counteroffensive, and Ukraine would have to pay a very high price for this military operation. According to him, the losses may be too high.