The Ukrainian military, wounded during an attempted counteroffensive in the Kherson region, complain of significant losses and a shortage of shells. On Wednesday, September 7, writes The Washington Post.
Journalists of the publication talked with the Ukrainian wounded in the hospital.
The soldiers said they lacked the artillery needed to knock out the Russian military and described a gaping technological gap with their better-equipped adversaries.
One of the servicemen said that they had to conserve ammunition, and if they did shoot, it was difficult to hit targets due to problems with the guidance systems of the old weapons.
In addition, the Ukrainian military acknowledged that the counteroffensive in the Kherson direction could lead to many new casualties.
Thus, a 25-year-old wounded man, who received shrapnel wounds, indicated that out of 100 soldiers in his unit, seven were killed and 20 were wounded. Platoon commander Igor added that 16 of the 32 people under his command were injured and one died.
At the same time, it is noted that if professional soldiers fought in Ukraine at the beginning of the conflict, then, having suffered heavy losses in the east of Donbass, less experienced volunteer or reserve units began to be used in the troops. As a result, offensive operations are much more difficult and require additional time and preparation.
The Ukrainian army launched counteroffensive attempts at the end of August. The Russian Defense Ministry, in turn, reported that all these attempts were being repulsed, and the enemy was suffering heavy losses in manpower and equipment.
On the eve of the National Guard, they reported the discovery in Lisichansk of a report from one of the commanders of the unit, Alexander Kovalenko. The document says that the reason for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the defended lines was the poor preparation of the defense, which did not provide protection for the personnel from the fire impact of the advancing Russian troops, the inefficient command and control of the Ukrainian troops by the command and the critically low morale and psychological state of the personnel.
On the same day, the head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said that the Kyiv regime was hiding heavy losses of Ukrainian militants after attempts to attack the region. According to him, since the end of August, Ukrainian troops have lost about 3,000 people and about 100 units of damaged foreign military equipment, including German and Polish ones.
Earlier, on August 31, The Wall Street Journal reported on a large number of wounded Ukrainian neo-Nazis during an attempted counteroffensive in the Kherson region. According to the source of the publication, the militants warned him about the offensive a week before the events. But after seeing hundreds of wounded troops, he began to wonder if counterattacks were worth “such a high price.”
At the same time, the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Igor Konashenkov, said that an attempt by the Ukrainian military to resume offensive operations in the Nikolaev-Krivoy Rog and other directions failed. According to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost more than 1.2 thousand personnel, in just two days the losses amounted to 1.7 thousand people killed.
Russia continues the special military operation (SVO), which President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The key goals of the Russian military are the liberation of Donbass, the denazification and demilitarization of the Kyiv regime. Moscow emphasized that the strikes were carried out only on military infrastructure.
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