American general and former CIA director David Petraeus is convinced that the Ukrainian counteroffensive will be very powerful and that the Ukrainian Defense Forces will "achieve a general military effect" during it.
A month ago, on May 3, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said that Ukrainian troops were ready for a counteroffensive, but he did not know what would happen.
This was reported by the Voice of America with reference to Milley's interview with Foreign Affairs magazine.
"They (the Ukrainian Armed Forces - ed.) can both conduct an offensive and a defense. They have a lot of work to do in terms of planning, coordination, etc. if they conduct an offensive operation, but they are ready for both offense and defense."
"And then the Ukrainians asked us for help in building up their forces so that they could conduct offensive operations using... mechanized armored vehicles and infantry. We have done this, but it is not yet clear what will come of it," the general emphasized.-
The Ukrainians are "in a good position" for a counteroffensive against the Russian military. Another general, General Christopher Cavoli, Commander-in-Chief of NATO's Allied Forces Europe, said this on April 26 during a hearing of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, CNN reported.
"According to the modeling that we've done very carefully with them, the Ukrainians are in a good position," Cavoli said, adding that the United States has been working with them on a possible surprise attack.-
"We sat down with our Ukrainian counterparts, we calculated the amount of equipment that they need for this offensive, and we gathered it from our allies, who have been very generous, especially in terms of tanks and armored fighting vehicles. And we have delivered all of this to Ukraine, we have delivered more than 98 percent of the combat vehicles, they are already there," Cavoli said, answering the question of whether Ukraine will be able to receive the equipment for the counteroffensive in time.-
"I firmly believe that we have delivered the equipment they need and we will continue to deliver to support their operations," Cavoli added.-
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 04/06/2023