Financial Times: Ukrainian officials are uncertain whether the counterattack will succeed


The Financial Times revealed that Ukrainian officials tacitly acknowledge that the counterattack won’t succeed, and fear that the West will stop providing military and financial assistance to Kiev.

According to the Financial Times, “Behind closed doors, some senior officials in Kiev have taken, as one described it, a very realistic and pragmatic stanc”.

The Financial Times added, Ukrainian officials acknowledged that it is unlikely that Kiev will be able to extend its control over the regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, and the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, at least this year.

Kiev is concerned that if large areas are not captured during the counteroffensive, the West will begin to doubt the need for its help and will insist on negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.

A number of US officials also privately indicate that Kiev needs to do something on the battlefield to persuade Congress and the Americans to continue supporting it.

Meanwhile, the paper notes, Zelensky may have announced his desire to launch a counterattack at a later date in order to speed up the supply of arms by Western partners.

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Schmygal said in early April that the Ukrainian counteroffensive could begin in the summer.

He later said it would start “soon”, and US media reported that the Ukrainian counterattack was scheduled for April 30.

Experts noted that it is impossible to believe the contradictory statements from Kiev and Washington: this may be part of a disinformation campaign.

Russia had previously sent a memorandum to NATO countries because of the supply of weapons to Ukraine, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine.

The press secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, indicated that Ukraine’s injection of weapons from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.

Lavrov stated that the United States and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “including not only the supply of weapons, but also the training of personnel… on the territory of Britain, Germany, Italy and other countries”.

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