Ukraine lacks resources for endless counter-offensives, says military expert Musienko

31 March, 03:45 PM
A soldier of the Legion of Freedom of Russia near the front line in the Donetsk Oblast (Photo:REUTERS/Alex Babenko)

A soldier of the Legion of Freedom of Russia near the front line in the Donetsk Oblast (Photo:REUTERS/Alex Babenko)

The head of the Center for Military and Legal Research, Oleksandr Musienko, said in an interview with Radio NV on March 31 that he disagrees with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba’s view that it is dangerous to perceive Ukraine’s counter-offensive as a decisive battle.

“We do not have the capabilities and (military) resources to conduct endless counter-offensives, to do this several times…,” Musienko said.

“The resources are being formed for something — for some event, for some action. We also need to restore ourselves if our resources are depleted. Now, considering the trends that are emerging, our partners are saying that we have a good chance to carry out this counter-offensive and achieve victory in this war.”

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The expert said he believes it is necessary to use the accumulated military resources as efficiently as possible already this spring.

“Does this mean that it will necessarily lead to the end of the war? Unfortunately, no,” Musienko said.

“But it could mean that we will significantly improve our position, liberate as much of the territory that is currently occupied by the enemy as possible, and create prospects for a faster and better end to this war. That is, we will have much more advantageous positions from which we will be able to complete our forces, means, and resources”.

Earlier, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that the Ukrainian counter-offensive should begin in April-May this year on several parts of the front.

On March 28, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that Ukrainian forces have good chances of conducting a successful counter-offensive this spring.

The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Kyrylo Budanov, stated on Feb. 28 that the next three months in Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine would be very active and would determine the further course of events in the war.

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