West Reportedly Doubts Ukraine's Ability to Conduct Major Counteroffensive Until 2025
09:10 09.12.2023 (Updated: 13:36 10.12.2023)
© AP Photo / Efrem LukatskyUkrainian soldiers practice on a tank during military training in Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023.
© AP Photo / Efrem Lukatsky
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The West believes Kiev will most likely fail to launch another significant counteroffensive until 2025, as the Ukrainian forces need time to recover after this year's failed military campaign, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing Western diplomats and military strategists.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told the newspaper that his country was forming brigades for "new counteroffensive and defensive operations," but Western military strategists reportedly said it was rather shifting to defensive positions, which, in particular, could be confirmed by Ukrainian troops digging trenches near Lyman.
The Ukrainian counteroffensive began on June 4. Kiev has thrown into battle brigades trained by NATO instructors and armed with Western equipment, including Leopard and Challenger tanks.
On November 1, Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi said in an interview with the Economist that Kiev's counteroffensive had reached a "stalemate."