Niko Lange, an expert on Ukraine and a former official of the German Ministry of Defense, believes that the Russian occupiers have a good opportunity to strengthen their positions at the front before the start of winter. He wrote about this on Twitter.
According to Lange, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are critically short of offensive military equipment.
“The fact that Ukraine does not have enough mechanized forces with combat tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and tracked vehicles at the stage of Russia’s weakness in recent weeks, may go down in military history as the main missed opportunity (for a Ukrainian victory) in the fall of 2022,” he wrote.
In At the same time, according to the expert, it is now extremely important for the Ukrainian military to get air defense systems that can stop the “energy terror” from the Russian Federation.
Ukraine's allies, Lange believes, first of all, must fulfill three points:
- provide immediate assistance in repairing infrastructure and preparing for winter;
- arrange the supply of air defense and necessary ammunition as soon as possible;
- transfer tanks and armored personnel carriers to Ukraine .