Putin Identifies Ukraine Counter-Offensive as Underway, and So Far Has Failed
June 10, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 9 provided an unusual personal update on the front lines in the war in Ukraine. In response to a question from the media he stated:
“First, we can safely state that the offensive has begun. We know this from the fact that the Ukrainian army tapped its strategic reserves. This is my first point. Second, the Ukrainian troops failed to achieve their goals in all combat sectors, which is clear as day.
“Like I said earlier, the intense hostilities have been going on for five days now. For example, the fighting was intense over the past 48 hours, and the enemy was not successful in any area of operations.
“All of that is due to the courage and heroism of our soldiers and the good organization and command of the troops, as well as the high effectiveness of Russian weapons, especially the latest weapons.
“Over these days, we have seen the Ukrainian regime suffer significant casualties. As is known, losses routinely amount to about three to one during offensive operations. But in this case, they are much higher. I am not going to give these figures, but they are striking.”
Asked if the Ukrainian offensive has bogged down, Putin stated in his characteristically sober and non-triumphalist fashion:
“I cannot say that the offensive has gotten bogged down. All I can say is that the counteroffensive attempts that have been made so far failed. But the offensive potential of the Kiev regime is still there. I believe Russia’s military leadership is realistic in its assessments of the situation and will proceed from these realities as it continues to plan up our actions in the short term.”