Ukraine lost more than 1,200 servicemen in a day
The Armed Forces of Ukraine, on the personal instructions of President Zelensky, went on the offensive in Mykolayiv-Krivoy Rog and other directions. And, as the Russian Ministry of Defense reported, more than 1,200 military personnel, as well as 48 tanks, 46 infantry fighting vehicles, 37 armored combat vehicles, were lost per day. We talked to military expert Vladislav Shurygin about what is behind the Ukrainian army's attempted offensive in the south.
“First of all, behind this offensive attempt there is a huge political pressure from the top Ukrainian leadership,” says Vladislav Shurygin. “Because half a year of a special operation is half a year of a slow and sometimes quick retreat, defeats, boilers, the loss of vast territories in the south and southeast of the country, when thousands of servicemen of the Ukrainian army were captured and tens of thousands were killed. Moreover, unprecedented deliveries of weapons, military equipment, ammunition, and ammunition were going to Ukraine.
Accordingly, Western curators have more and more questions about Ukraine's ability to achieve some real success.
Zelensky was required to show success. Without success, any investment in it and Ukraine lost its meaning at a certain point. It was easier then to negotiate with the Russians, to somehow convince them to stop where they are. And be content with what they have. Otherwise, you could lose everything. Therefore, throughout the second half of July and throughout August, Ukraine was concentrating forces in the areas of strikes, accumulating reserves. And she was in a hysterical state – to attack or not to attack? ..
“It was a political demand. Ukraine could not organize a major counteroffensive. The forces of the Ukrainian side and ours were too incomparable. Ukraine tried to advance without air superiority, without decisive superiority in artillery. And even in people, having created superiority in key areas, at best, two to one, three to one. If you throw everything you have, regardless of losses, then you can, of course, occupy several villages for a while. But you still need to linger in them, because there is a bare steppe, an open area.
Therefore, I am extremely critical of the fact that Ukraine can now demonstrate something. And the cost of a failed counteroffensive would be enormous. Great demoralization will be added to huge losses.
Von expert draws attention to the fact that this counteroffensive was being prepared for a long time, it was talked about a lot.
I am not surprised that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Zaluzhny, resisted Kyiv’s demand to launch an offensive for three months, because he perfectly understood how it could end.
Vladislav Shurygin says that any counteroffensive reaches a maximum in 3-4 days.
– Then they will either throw all new forces into the attack, or decide that it is better to save people and collapse offensive.