Financial Times: Kiev’s losses are huge and it has lost a fifth of its equipment provided by NATO

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The Financial Times writes that the West and Kiev admit that during the offensive, Ukraine lost nearly a fifth of the NATO equipment provided for the operation.

According to the Financial Times, the losses from the Ukrainian counterattack were massive and premature… Kiev lost nearly a fifth of the NATO equipment provided for the operation.

Earlier, the former adviser to the head of the Pentagon, Colonel Douglas McGregor, announced that the Ukrainian army lost 26 thousand soldiers in its failed counterattack, and that the Kiev regime is striving to cover up these numbers.

He added, “The losses of the Ukrainian forces during the counterattack are catastrophic, and the Kiev regime is trying in vain to hide this uncomfortable fact from the entire world”.

Vladimir Denis, a medic of the 65th Brigade of the 3rd Battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who was captured by Russian forces, said that the real losses of the Ukrainian forces are several times higher than what was officially announced by the Kiev leadership.

Earlier, the Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, admitted the inevitability of losses among the Ukrainian forces in the attack on the well-prepared defensive lines of the Russian army.

Stoltenberg answered a question from journalists in Brussels about the losses in NATO equipment incurred by the Ukrainian army during its counterattack, as well as about the risks of this equipment falling into the hands of the Russian army, saying, “When such an attack is carried out on a large scale against defensive lines Well-prepared static, including minefields and barricades for the advance of tanks… Cases are inevitable, and this also applies to modern Western technology”.

The Ukrainian offensive began in the directions of southern Donetsk, Zaporizhia, and Artyomovsk, on June 4, while the main offensive of the Ukrainian armed forces focused on the Zaporizhia sector.

Kiev has fielded NATO-trained combat brigades armed with Western equipment, including Leopard tanks.

Pictures of columns of smoke rising from German-made Ukrainian tanks caused a media resonance.

On July 3, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that during a month of failed attacks, the Ukrainian armed forces lost 18 aircraft, helicopters and 920 armored vehicles, including 16 Leopard tanks, nearly 100% of tanks of this type provided by Poland and Portugal.

Shoigu added that the enemy didn’t achieve its goals in any direction, while the Ukrainian leadership, insistently from the West, demands to continue the offensive regardless of the losses.

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