The successful counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region and the flight of the Russian occupying army testify to a significant turning point in the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. This is stated in the analytical material by Nick Paton Walsh on CNN.
He noted that recent events have shown that Putin's troops are not able to hold their positions, much less go on the offensive. After more than six months of the war, the capabilities of the RF Armed Forces have been reduced to a minimum.
According to the analyst, the defeat of the Russian occupiers in the Kharkiv region is probably more important than the defeat near Kyiv. In the Kharkiv region, the invaders dug in for months, created protective structures and prepared for battles with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Moreover, the invaders were a few kilometers from the border with the Russian Federation, which allowed them to freely bring in reserves and additional forces.
However, the defeat of the invaders in the Kharkiv region speaks eloquently about the real state of their supply system and armed forces. This is also indicated by the way the invaders fled from the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian army. Instead of the so-called regrouping, which the Russian Ministry of Defense is trying to talk about, the invaders fled in panic, leaving hundreds of pieces of equipment.
«What remains of the veil protecting the dignity of the Russian army has been pushed back, and it is definitely larger «not the second most powerful in the world». Russia's withdrawal from Kharkov – a planned «regrouping» that some Russian media did not even dare to mention – is perhaps more important than the earlier collapse of its positions around the Ukrainian capital Kyiv», – writes CNN.
The analyst also noted that Russian troops, which for decades have tried to position themselves as «the second army of the world», are now forced to buy ammunition in North Korea and replenish personnel with mercenaries from among the prisoners. This state of affairs in the RF Armed Forces suggests that they have been reduced to the minimum necessary to protect Russia itself.
In addition, after another defeat, the dreams of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to take control of the entire territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions have been brought to naught. In addition, the flight of the Russian army from the temporarily occupied Kherson and the de-occupation of the entire territory of Ukraine within the borders of 1991 is becoming more and more realistic.
«For several months it was believed that Russia « will never allow it. But now Crimea looks extremely vulnerable – it is connected to Russia by a land corridor running along the Sea of Azov through the coastline of Mariupol and an unprotected bridge across the Kerch Strait. What remains of Moscow's overstretched, depleted, ill-provided and equipped forces deep in Ukraine could face an environment as lethal as their supply chain around Kharkiv,” the article says.
The current situation at the front shows that after the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, cardinal changes occurred in the dynamics of European security. In particular, the aggressor country of the Russian Federation, which considered itself «the second army of the world», is no longer equal to NATO.
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