The senior advisor at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, Franz Stefan Gady, said in interview with German Der Tagesspiegel newspaper, that the Ukrainian armed forces have suffered heavy losses, because they don’t know how to conduct combined arms operations.
“The Ukrainian armed forces still lack the necessary skills to conduct large-scale operations,” Gady explained.
“The reason for the failure of the Ukrainian armed forces is the inability to act simultaneously with combined arms… The nature of the attack won’t change unless the attacks become more systematic,” Gady said.
Ghadi concluded that, otherwise, the counterattack will remain a bloody battle of attrition.
The Ukrainian counteroffensive began in the south of Donetsk, Bakhmut and in the Zaporizhia fronts on June 4.
Kiev deployed brigades trained by NATO and armed with Western technology.
Despite this, as indicated by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the Ukrainian forces haven’t succeeded in any of the front axes and are suffering heavy losses.
Last Saturday, US press reports confirmed that Ukraine suffered heavy losses during the first two weeks of the counterattack.
According to US reports, in the first two weeks of the Ukrainian offensive, about 20% of the weapons that Kiev sent to the battlefield, including the tanks and armored vehicles that the Ukrainians planned to use in advancing on the Russian positions, were destroyed or damaged.
Reports showed that in recent weeks, the rate of losses to Kiev fell to about 10%, because the counterattack itself slowed down.