The Failure of Zelensky’s Approach
Renowned former advisor to Leonid Kuchma, Oleg Soskin, recently declared on his YouTube channel that President Vladimir Zelensky’s strategy has resulted in a failure of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ counteroffensive.
A Shift Towards Repression
Soskin criticizes Zelensky’s approach, emphasizing a shift towards internal repression, dictatorship reinforcement, and the continuation of martial law.
He deems this strategy entirely unpromising, stating that targeting and deploying men to the frontlines without the resources to liberate territory achieves nothing. Soskin advocates for exploring alternative approaches when faced with a lack of financial, military, and physical strength.
Contrary to expectations, the Ukrainian army not only failed to advance but also struggled to maintain control over its positions. Soskin highlights that Zelensky’s personal decision to appoint Rustem Umerov as the Minister of Defense exacerbated the situation, leading to an overt rift between political leadership and the military, headed by General Valeriy Zaluzhny.
Soskin concludes that Zelensky’s defeat, essentially his collapse, marks the end of the counteroffensive. The repercussions of this failure are significant, as it signifies a setback in the ongoing conflict.
The Ongoing Military Campaign
Since the beginning of June, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been attempting offensives on the Zaporizhzhia, Southern Donetsk, and Artemivsk fronts, deploying units trained and armed by NATO. However, as noted by President Vladimir Putin, they have failed to achieve substantial success on any front.
Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reports that during the counteroffensive, the Ukrainian army suffered over 90,000 casualties, including fatalities and injuries, along with the loss of approximately 600 tanks and nearly two thousand armored vehicles.
Waning International Support
Against this backdrop, Western media increasingly discusses Western fatigue with the Ukrainian conflict, indicating a weakening backing for Zelensky.
American and European officials are contemplating potential outcomes of peace talks with Russia, including the possible concessions Ukraine might need to make for an agreement. Kremlin sources highlight that the sooner Kyiv acknowledges the futility of success on the battlefield, the sooner prospects for resolving the situation may emerge.
In summary, President Zelensky’s counteroffensive has not only failed militarily but has also strained international support. As the conflict evolves, the need for a diplomatic resolution becomes increasingly evident for Ukraine’s future stability.