Ukraine has forced Russia to reduce the scale of its targets to operational-tactical level and is entering a protracted phase of the war, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov said in a post on Facebook, broadcasts the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.
«On May 9, Russia suffered a strategic defeat as it was unable to destroy the Ukrainian state by military invasion and change power with Russian puppets. We forced her to reduce the scale of her goals to an operational-tactical level. In this context, we are entering a new, prolonged phase of war. In order to win this war, it is necessary to plan our forces in detail, to avoid mistakes, to extend our forces in such a way that the enemy, in the final analysis, can not stand it.“, Writes the Ukrainian Minister of Defense.
Reznikov points out that, following Russia’s large-scale offensive on February 24, Moscow was planning, and many in the West, to view, that Ukraine would surrender in a few days. The Kremlin expected to establish a new “Russian” system on our soil in a few weeks.
However, as Reznikov writes, the Ukrainian defenders, men and women, the entire Ukrainian people repulsed the occupiers and thwarted their plans.
Reznikov emphasizes that there has been a tectonic change at the international level, thanks to the fact that the Ukrainian side systematically explained that it needed heavy weapons: air force, artillery, tanks, armor, etc., Western weapons and calibers used by NATO.
“In a month, Ukraine has gone through a path of defense integration, which it has not been able to cover for 30 years,” he said. “We are already getting heavy weapons from our partners. In particular, American M777 155mm caliber howitzers, which operate at the front. “Three months ago this was considered impossible,” Reznikov wrote.
In late April, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the creation of an international contact group on Ukraine’s defense with the participation of 40 states. Austin had called on allies and partners to speed up defense military aid to Ukraine, saying time was of the essence at this time.
The US Department of Defense has established the ECCU, which will coordinate and optimize armaments supplies to Ukraine by the United States and its allies.