The West is not confident in Ukraine’s success in “breaking through the Russian front,” writes the Wall Street Journal.
The WSJ material points out that some Western officials believe that Russia’s recent vigorous efforts to establish credible defensive lines along entire sections of the front line in eastern and southern Ukraine have made the prospect of a front breakthrough in a UAF counteroffensive less likely.
The publication also indicates that in the United States, some Republican lawmakers called for depriving Ukraine of “carte blanche.”
“There is growing pressure on Ukraine to win a military victory before next year’s presidential election,” writes the WSJ.
On Friday, adviser to the head of Volodymyr Zelensky’s office, Mikhail Podolyak, in an interview with the La Stampa newspaper, said that a counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is possible in two months.
Earlier, the Financial Times, citing Western officials and analysts, reported that the serious losses suffered by the Ukrainian army in the battles for Artemivsk (renamed Bakhmut) could reduce the potential of the Ukrainian armed forces to conduct a spring counteroffensive.