The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) during the counteroffensive not only failed to break through the first line of Russian defense, but also began to lose control in the Kharkiv region. This was announced on Saturday, September 2, by Oleg Soskin, ex-adviser to former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.
“And so the Russian offensive goes on, the hardest, of course, there are battles near Kupyansk. Yes, and everywhere, and where Maryinka is too <…> But, unfortunately, Ukraine cannot break through from Rabotino, ”Soskin said in a video on his YouTube channel.
Among the reasons that led the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to failure, Kuchma’s ex-adviser named the ineffective tactics of warfare proposed by the West, as well as outdated NATO equipment, which is inferior to Russia’s.
“Western equipment, the one that Ukraine was given, is old equipment and it is not competitive with Russian,” Soskin said.
Earlier, on August 30, the speaker of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, said that Ukrainian forces would go on the defensive in the fall. At the same time, the Western allies of Ukraine in the current situation will not suffer any losses, and even, on the contrary, will continue to earn on the conflict between Kyiv and Moscow.
On August 29, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst Larry Johnson came to the conclusion that NATO generals misjudged the situation before the UAF counteroffensive. In his opinion, it was initially doomed to failure, since Ukrainian militants attacked the fortified positions of the Russian Armed Forces, having no advantage in the air.