The liberation of large areas of eastern Ukraine, in particular around Kharkiv, “is the greatest success of the Ukrainian army since the restoration of the northern part of the country,” Voyich Konychuk, deputy director of the Center for Oriental Studies, said in an interview. With TVN24. He noted that the tension over the failure is being felt in Moscow, where even the Kremlin-controlled media are vocal about the problems.
For several days, the Ukrainian army has been carrying out successful offensive operations in the east of the country, especially in the Kharkiv Oblast, thanks to which it liberated more towns from Russian occupation.
On TVN24, Konochuk assessed the progress of the Ukrainian army in the Kharkiv region as “the greatest success of the Ukrainian army since the restoration of the northern part of the country” in early April and May.
As he said, the displacement of Russians is also a response to the great expectations of Ukrainian society, which wants progress on the front. The expert at the Center for Oriental Studies indicated that the Kherson region was the most anticipated direction of the attack.
Propaganda in Moscow is putting pressure
As explained by the deputy director of OSW, the Russians were surprised by the effectiveness of the Ukrainian attack and now they want to somehow cover up their “image”. He stressed that they are trying to do this through missile attacks on Ukraine’s energy networks. Konochuk added that the Russian army in the Kharkiv region is unable to launch an effective counterattack at the moment.
Talking about the nature of the atmosphere RussiaHe explained that the end of the system Russian President Vladimir Putin It’s not close, but the situation up front is making Moscow nervous. – We can see it by following Russian propaganda. Even on the Kremlin-controlled TV shows today, we see some of these famous commentators openly expressing their dissatisfaction with the fact of overthrowing the Russian military. There are even expectations of a series of resignations. On the other hand, the Kremlin itself and the Ministry of Defense are trying to pretend that nothing happened. The expert emphasized that they even claim that this is a planned withdrawal, a regrouping of Russian forces, and that they have moved to better positions.
The situation is different in Kherson region
He also said it has been seen “for a long time that the Russians have had a problem with military power”. – According to the Russians, about 250 thousand soldiers took part in the entire military operation since its inception. And he stressed that this, as it turned out, is certainly very little to continue the seizure of Ukrainian lands.
As described the situation in the south UkraineIn the Kherson region. He said the Russians had “three lines of defense” there, although the first line was very weak. So the Ukrainians will now want to “pursue success” in the East and “finish what they started,” but – he emphasized – they need much more military equipment than they currently have.
At the same time, the morale of the Ukrainians far exceeds the Russians. “Russian morale has never been strong, either at the level of the armed forces or at the level of society,” Konochuk said, noting that materials intercepted by the Ukrainians show that Russian soldiers do not know exactly why they are in Ukraine and what the ideas are. They are fighting for.
He added that they are also tired, and often do not receive their salaries on time.
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