“Not a big secret”: a military observer assessed the plans of the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the counteroffensive
On January 3, Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting of the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, where they could discuss Ukraine's further actions in the war. So, the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is not a big secret.
Ukraine has declared its intention to de-occupy all its territories. Alexander Musienko, head of the Center for Military Legal Research, told Channel 24 about this.
Ukraine has different counteroffensive plans
Musienko recalled that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny made certain accents in his interview with The Economist. In it, he clearly spoke about Melitopol, Zaporozhye region and the South.
Moreover, Zaluzhny even said what Ukraine needs to liberate our territories from Russian occupation.
“Our military-political leadership has plans (for a counteroffensive – Channel 24). They are versatile – they suggest different scenarios for the development of events,” the military expert said.
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What does the Armed Forces need to implement the plan
However, under each counter-offensive plan, one can “draw a line and come to a common denominator” – additional forces and means are needed to implement it. First of all, weapons from our partners.
This work is now also being actively carried out so that they listen to us, hear us and increase support for the weapons that we need, in particular for advancement and counter-offensive operations in the South or in the East, Musienko said.
According to him, there is no information yet about the readiness of our partners to supply Ukraine with tanks or aircraft. However, in some media, in particular in Bloomberg, there was information about the supply of Bradley armored vehicles to Ukraine.
In addition, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that his country is ready to continue to supply Ukraine with artillery, air defense systems and other means. Unfortunately, Scholz did not mention tanks, but perhaps the German position could still change.
“There are plans, they are being developed and there is an understanding. But, of course, we need additional tools to implement them on our part,” the military expert summed up.
A counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is possible: what is known
- Recently, in the South of Ukraine, the attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the objects of the Russian occupiers have become more frequent. According to military observer Denis Popovich, this is similar to preparing the Ukrainian defenders for an offensive. After all, we observed a similar development of events before the liberation of Kherson.
- Military expert Pavel Narozhny noted that warm weather does not contribute to the movement of either Ukrainian or Russian military equipment. And the further situation at the front depends primarily on weather conditions. However, in his opinion, during the winter we will see a Ukrainian counteroffensive.
- American General Ben Hodges is convinced that Ukraine will be able to liberate the occupied Crimean peninsula at the end of this summer. To be more precise, the general is talking about August 2023.