Ukraine regains ground in some places from Russian troops, says Pentagon
The Ukrainian Army is carrying out counter-offensives that have allowed, particularly in the South, to recover ground on Russian troops, given communication difficulties, the Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday.
ukrainian soldiers “They are now, in certain situations, on the offensive”said John Kirby on CNN, saying that they “pursue the Russians and push them out of the areas where the Russians were in the past”. “We know that they carried out counterattacks (…) especially in the last days in Mykolaiv”, key city in southern Ukraine, he added.
” We have seen [ces gains territoriaux] increase in recent days » for the benefit of Ukraine, said John Kirby. “It is a real test of their ability to fight according to their plans, adapt and again try to push back the Russian forces. »
The Ukrainian military also launched a counterattack on Izium, a small town southeast of Kharkiv (east), which Russian forces had seized in an attempt to link up with the pro-Russian areas of Luhansk and Donetsk, a senior Pentagon source said. official. “What we see today are significant fights from the Ukrainians to try and get it back.”This high-ranking official, who requested anonymity, told the press.
Mr. Kirby explained on CNN that Russian forces “they do not carry out their operations with the coordination that one would expect from a modern army.” “Their commanders don’t always talk, they don’t always coordinate between the air and ground forces”US defense spokesman said.
“We saw tension between the air and ground forces on how they supported each other, well or poorly”and the same goes for the navy, he continues. “They have command and control issues” troops.
“Very specifically, they find it hard to talk to each other, and this leads to the use of mobile phones in some cases”, believes this American official. Plus, “they run out of gas, they run out of food”. “That is why we believe that we have not observed [récemment] great real advance of the Russians, except in the south”where they are closer to their rear base in Crimea, he added. “So yeah, they’re in trouble”.
The senior official who requested anonymity said Russian forces even lacked equipment to protect themselves from the cold. “We have collected information showing that some of your soldiers have suffered [du froid] and they are no longer fit to fight due to frostbite.”, He noticed. For the first time, the combat capacity still available to the deployed Russian army since the fall of the Ukrainian borders has fallen below 90%, according to him.