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Ukraine enters ‘a new phase of war’ as winter months will complicate fighting

by Mark Channer War Correspondent
1st Dec 23 11:50 am

Ukraine’s war with Russia has entered a “new phase of the war” as the winter months will complicate fighting following the summer counteroffensive.

The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the counteroffensive had failed to deliver the desired results which was due to shortages of weapons.

Zelensky said that Ukraine never received all the necessary weapons from their allies and also there was limitations as the number of ground forces failed to allow them to act quickly with the counteroffensive.

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President Zelensky admitted that there is also a shortage of ground forces as they “are losing people” and he is “not satisfied” with this.

He said, “Look, we are not backing down, I am satisfied. We are fighting with the second (best) army in the world, I am satisfied.

“We are losing people, I’m not satisfied.

“We didn’t get all the weapons we wanted, I can’t be satisfied, but I also can’t complain too much.”

President Zelensky gave an honest appraisal of the summer’s counteroffensive, he added, “We wanted faster results.

“From that perspective, unfortunately, we did not achieve the desired results. And this is a fact.”

President Zelensky said, “There is not enough power to achieve the desired results faster. But this does not mean that we should give up, that we have to surrender.

“We are confident in our actions. We fight for what is ours.”

In conclusion he said that the counteroffensive made small territorial gains as the Russian Army is a fortified enemy.

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said on Friday that they will increase the production of missiles and other weaponry.

Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Ivan Havryliuk said on Friday that more attention will be paid to the production of air defence systems that has a range of more than 100km.

He added, “In addition, the approved budget for 2024 provides that about UAH 175 billion is allocated for the purchase of missiles and ammunition so that our Defense Forces can adequately resist Russian aggression.”

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