According to them, the Russian troops hold the defense well in carefully prepared positions. At the same time, the use of the maneuver defense approach creates problems for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and is costly for the advancing forces.
“Therefore, right now the offensive is going slowly. It is extremely difficult,” TASS quoted the publication as saying. It is noted that the Ukrainian troops have to advance on well-fortified defense lines, which the Russians have been preparing for months.
During the briefing, Western officials stressed that “there is nothing unexpected” in what is happening. According to them, it was initially clear that the summer counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine would be a risky and difficult operation.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that all counteroffensive attempts made by kyiv failed and did not achieve the task in any of the areas of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Russian leader assessed Ukraine’s losses during the counteroffensive as catastrophic. According to him, the ratio of losses in the Russian and Ukrainian army is 1:10.