(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – The highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces has cautioned that Ukraine likely only has around 30 days remaining to make significant progress in its counteroffensive.
Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with Britain’s public broadcaster that the impending winter would freeze not only the ground but also the front lines in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, necessitating a four-week time frame for Zelensky’s government to retake occupied territory from Moscow.
Milley acknowledged that the Ukrainian counteroffensive had been slower than anticipated but added that there was still “a reasonable amount of time, probably about 30 to 45 days’ worth of fighting weather left, so the Ukrainians aren’t done” in a Sunday interview with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg.
“Battles still to be fought… They still haven’t completed the fighting portion of their mission,” he added.
Ukraine still has 30 days left during which it can advance – US Army General Mark Milley
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Gen. Milley argued that it was still too early to pronounce the counteroffensive a failure despite the meager gains made throughout the summer against the well-reinforced Russian lines.
“I said at the very beginning of this [war] that this was going to be long, slow, hard, and high-casualty-producing, and that’s exactly what it is,” he said.
The head of military intelligence for Ukraine, Lt Gen Kyrylo Budanov, also acknowledged over the weekend that the coming winter would likely have an impact on the war.
Still, he said that “the fighting will continue one way or another.”
Budanov said that the typically cold and wet weather makes it more difficult for wheeled vehicles to transport weapons and soldiers and that Russia’s anti-tank defenses are strong. “So in the majority of cases, unfortunately, our offensive is walking on foot,” he said.
Although the Ukrainian army initially defeated the Russian military that had invaded their country last year, the ability of Zelensky’s army to retake territory that the Russians now control in the Donbas and along the Black Sea in the south has given rise to growing concern.
As a result of the mounting pressure, the Ukrainians have been trying to shift the blame. Last week, President Zelensky claimed that the West had not provided enough weapons, specifically warplanes, and that, as a result, the Russian air force had been able to decide the outcome of many battles.
Given the weather’s impending restrictions, it is likely that Kyiv would try to step up its campaign of drone strikes against Russia, which has included targets ranging from Moscow to ships in the Black Sea.
The international world has thus far supported efforts to make the battle “closer to home” for the Russian people, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who said that drone assaults on the Russian mainland were appropriate in times of war.
However, it is unclear how long the Western alliance will be able to continue to back the proxy conflict with Russia.
Time is running out for Ukraine, a retired British military officer named Colonel Richard Kemp recently penned in London’s Daily Telegraph. It is now a matter of when rather than whether the Western alliance would break down after 18 months of war.
Western military strategists and the media raised hopes that Kyiv would replicate its impressive victory last autumn at Kharkiv and Kherson this summer.
“People are now questioning how much value they are getting for their money and whether the sizeable investment made by their nations will ever result in anything concrete,” he continued, “pointing to the rising opposition among people in the U.S. and Europe against sending more military aid to Ukraine.”
The White House currently pleading with Congress for billions more in military aid to Ukraine on top of the $113 billion already committed to the conflict.
The Biden administration, eager to avoid another military blunder after Afghanistan, is intent on doing just that.
Ukraine’s top general blamed the slow progress of the counteroffensive against Russia on a lack of Western supplied weaponry and fighter jets. https://t.co/peYMC98yc0
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 2, 2023
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