Although the recent Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kharkiv Oblast went “much better than expected,” it’s too early to celebrate victory, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper on Sept. 12.
Russia may attempt to counterattack still, so Ukraine has to be prepared to defend newly-regained territory, the minister said.
Reznikov said the recent blitzkrieg-like counteroffensive “snowballed” as it smashed through collapsing Russian defenses in Kharkiv Oblast, inflicting the largest defeat of the war on Russia.
While Ukrainian units need to time recuperate after the successful operation, troop morale is sky-high, according to the minister.
“Ukrainians wanted to counterattack; we needed this counteroffensive, as proof that Russia can be defeated militarily,” he said.
Reznikov noted that the ongoing southern counteroffensive in Kherson Oblast is moving at a slower pace.