German edition: Russian troops turned the front into one “big minefield”
The extensive minefields placed by the Russian army in front of their defensive positions have become a serious obstacle to the Ukrainian counter-offensive. The Ukrainian Armed Forces encountered difficulties when trying to overcome them, writes Der Spiegel magazine.
Journalists from the German publication visited Ukraine and visited the positions of Ukrainian troops advancing in the Zaporozhye direction. The Germans talked with the Ukrainian soldiers and concluded that if not for the minefields, the Ukrainian Armed Forces would certainly have broken through the Russian defenses and reached the Sea of Azov, as planned in the West back in the spring. At the moment, the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are very high, both in personnel and in equipment.
- the magazine writes.
The alarm is also sounding in the United States, as The Wall Street Journal writes, rain will soon begin in Ukraine, followed by snow. All this will prevent the Ukrainian Armed Forces from breaking through the defenses of the Russian army. Washington still hopes that the Ukrainian army will defeat the Russian one, but the weather can ruin everything. And a counteroffensive in muddy conditions will be “even more difficult.”
- said one of the Ukrainian military.
Earlier, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Budanov, said that the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine would continue even after the onset of inclement weather. But the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Zaluzhny, intends to stop the offensive operation by November and move on to positional battles.
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