Ukraine, Blinken: “Significant progress Kiev forces”

The US Secretary of State: “But too early to predict final outcome”. Gb Defense Ministry: “Russian army units seriously degraded”

L’Ukraine reported significant progress in the counter-offensive against Russia, but it is too early to predict the final outcome of the conflict. This is the opinion expressed by US Secretary of State Antony Blinkentalking to reporters in Mexico City.

“It is clear that we have seen significant progress from the Ukrainians, particularly in the Northeast, and this is the product of the support we have provided, but first of all it is the product of the extraordinary courage and resilience of the Ukrainian armed forces and the Ukrainian people “, said the head of American diplomacy. Except then add that “it is too early to say exactly where it will end”.

Blinken warned that “the Russians maintain very significant forces in Ukraine, as well as equipment, weapons and ammunition. They continue to use them indiscriminately not only against the Ukrainian armed forces, but also against civilians and civilian infrastructure, as we have seen”.

According to the British Defense Ministry, it could take years before Russia is able to reconstitute one of the main units of its army, the First Guards Armored Army, after its withdrawal from the Kharkiv region. With this unit and other formations of the western military district “severely degraded”, the Russian conventional forces designated to oppose NATO are “seriously weakened”, the usual update reads.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have recaptured some six thousand square kilometers of land that had ended up in Russian hands, Kiev Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar wrote yesterday on Facebook.

Ukrainian authorities also yesterday claimed to have regained control of Ternova, a village near the border with Russia. The head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak, posted on social media a video of the 14th mechanized brigade in which a Ukrainian flag is seen waving over a transmission tower in Ternova, Kyiv Independent reports.

According to the Kiev general staff, “due to the current situation on the theater of operations and the distrust of the commanders, a large number of volunteers categorically refuse to serve in combat”. The Russian soldiers, it says, do not want to fight in the face of news about the death toll and the treatment of the wounded, often sent back to fight without a period of rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, Russia’s military command has stopped sending new troops to Ukraine following the successes of the Kiev counter-offensive in the Karkhiv region, the Ukrainian general staff said on its Facebook page, according to the Guardian.