60 Leopard tanks - this was supposed to be delivered to Ukraine instead of several hundred vehicles declared by the allies. The information was provided by the British "The Economist".
60 Leopard tanks – this was supposed to be delivered to Ukraine instead of several hundred vehicles declared by the allies. The information was provided by the British "The Economist", which cites sources in the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He points out that this is one of the reasons for the change of tactics on the war front in Ukraine.
"We simply don't have the resources to carry out the frontal attacks that the West is calling us to do," a source from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces told The Economist.
He reported that Ukraine had only received 60 Leopard tanks, despite the promise of several hundred vehicles. The Ukrainians also lack vehicles for mine clearance, and the lack of air support is also a problem.
The weekly reports that the Ukrainian army "was never blind to the challenges of breaking through Russian minefields and defense lines without air superiority, and for this reason, the military command delayed the counter-offensive."
After the disappointing actions in early June, when two Western-trained brigades lost a lot of men and equipment in minefields, the command revised its plans, we read in "The Economist".
Since then, Ukraine has prioritized avoiding loss of life. We no longer plan operations that involve large losses. Emphasis is now on degrading the enemy: (via) artillery, drones, electronic warfare, and so on.
The British weekly also points out that instead of trying to quickly break through to the Russian positions, the defenders of Ukraine focused on artillery fire. Representative of President Volodymyr Zelensky's office, Serhiy Leshchenko, admitted that the lack of arms deliveries from the West in the number announced by the allies is "demotivating". He stressed that the counter-offensive is being conducted as fast as possible. "We have no right to criticize the army sitting here in Kyiv. This is not a horse that can be whipped to make it go faster. Every meter forward has its price paid in blood," Leshchenko quotes The Economist. The weekly emphasizes that in recent days, Ukrainian troops have made significant progress on the southern section of the front. Ukraine is still far from achieving its strategic goal, which is to get closer to the Sea of Azov, which is supposed to lead to the cutting of the land corridor to Crimea seized by Russia.
The Ukrainian news agency Unian reports on the findings of the Americans. The local press estimates that in the first two weeks of the counter-offensive, the Ukrainian Armed Forces lost about 20 percent of their troops equipment due to intense fighting on the line of contact. Videos have appeared on the web in which the Russian occupiers destroyed Leopard 2 tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. In June, US analysts reported 16 Bradleys lost by the Ukrainian army.
The general staff of the Ukrainian army reported that more than 25 armed clashes had taken place in the last 24 hours. According to Monday's report, Ukrainian forces continue their offensive operations in the Melitopol and Berdyansk directions, and are consolidating the captured positions. The Russians conducted ineffective attacks in the direction of Kupyansk, Bakhmut and Marjinskie.
The Ukrainian air force carried out nine attacks on the areas where the Russians are stationed. Rocket and artillery units shelled a Russian command post and three artillery emplacements. The command of the Ukrainian army also reported that the aggressors conducted air and artillery attacks on Ukrainian positions.