With the onset of winter, Ukrainian military officials admit that the conflict has reached an impasse. This was reported by The Washington Post on Monday, December 4.
«As winter approaches, when the front lines freeze in place, senior Ukrainian military officials admit that [the situation] has reached an impasse,» the newspaper reports.
As noted, according to officials, neither Western supplies of long-range weapons nor the transfer of cluster munitions to Kiev helped the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).
«According to Ukrainian officials, despite their usefulness, neither ATACMS launchers nor cluster weapons could help the APU break the deadlock on the battlefield, like other strategies,» the authors of the material write.
In early November, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny said that the Ukrainian conflict had reached an impasse and there would be no breakthrough. He admitted that he had not been able to demonstrate the impressive pace of progress that was expected of him in the West.
In the same month, military expert Alexei Leonkov predicted Ukraine’s final loss in the conflict if the West did not urgently provide financial assistance to it.
Prior to that, in October, former US Armed Forces intelligence officer Scott Ritter pointed out that the order of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to the Armed Forces of Ukraine to follow NATO strategies during the counteroffensive led to the fact that Ukrainian troops suffered a complete collapse.
In the same month, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Ukraine’s losses during the counteroffensive were estimated at eight to one.
The special operation to protect Donbass, which was announced on February 24 last year, continues. The decision to hold it was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Ukrainian military.