Russia have voiced their concerns over the Ukrainian forces recapturing back their territory as they were trained by the British military, and the British expertise was instrumental in the operation which they say “is troubling.”
Russian forces have shown during almost seven months that they are “really quite honestly, borderline useless.”
The Russian Army has been hit with significant setbacks in Kherson, Kharkiv and many other areas in the northeast of Ukraine and now Kyiv are focusing on moving south and could attempt a counterattack on retaking Crimea.
In the coming days we will see if the Ukraine will make a similar push to the south as they have done in the Kharkiv region.
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Ukrainian forces have a whole division in the south, one in the northeast of Ukraine and then they have a reserve battalion which could easily be used for a counterattack against Russian troops on the land bridge which is situated between Kherson and the Donbas regions.
Speaking on Russia One, Russian presenter and political commentator Olga Skabeeva expressed her concern at how exactly Ukraine made the military gains.
She said, “Ukraine’s armed forces went on the offensive.”
Skabeeva added, “As a result of difficult battles, there is information that Russian units have left Balakliya.
“Fighters of the National Guard left the area.
“They have left the city in an organised manner via the corridor on the outskirts in the east.
“For its advancement in the direction of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s armed forces used the units that have been trained in Britain.”
She then warned, “The news is troubling, the information is inconsistent.”
Brendan Kearney, the former Chief of Staff with the US Marine Corps Forces Europe in Germany, last month predicted Ukraine’s offensive predicted.
He told the BBC, “The Russians have quickly shown that their military is really quite honestly, borderline useless.
“You just can’t perform the way they have in their treatment of civilian populations and expect to be successful on the battlefield. It just doesn’t allow for it.
“Because then doesn’t really reflect the required integral strength of an organisation when it can be so ill-disciplined.”
Kearney added: “I think there’s a very short window of opportunity, where the Ukrainians might be able to achieve some significant successes against the Russians.
“And this is all predicated on what weather. August is one of the warmest months in Ukraine and the temperature starts to drop from now through December, January, February, the depths of winter.”
“No one can forecast whether it’s going to be a mild winter or it’s going to be a brutal winter, none of us knows.
“But Ukrainians between now and say late October, November, when the rains the temperatures start to drop, do have an opportunity to go ahead and achieve some success, whether that success will be so great as to eject Russian forces from Ukraine I don’t know but that’s their opportunity.”
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had gained confidence following a series of military briefings from the US and London.
Colin Kahl, the Pentagon’s policy chief, explained speaking to the New York Times, said: “We did do some modelling and some tabletop exercises.
“That set of exercises suggested that certain avenues for a counter-offensive were likely to be more successful than others.
“We provided that advice, and then the Ukrainians internalised that and made their own decision.”