In the summer, American and British commanders advised their Ukrainian colleagues not to conduct a counteroffensive in the Zaporozhye region, but to focus only on the Kherson direction. The Washington Post writes about this, citing sources.
According to the publication, in July, representatives of the Ukrainian, American and British commands arrived in Germany to discuss the strategy for the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At that time, the Ukrainians were considering a broad counter-offensive along the entire southern front, including the coast in the Zaporozhye region: this would have to break the land corridor connecting mainland Russia with the temporarily occupied Crimea.
In the room with maps and tables, Ukrainian commanders described the order of battle, the movement of units, as well as what formations they will use and the likely response of Russia.
According to the publication, as a result, the planners came to the conclusion that in the event of a widespread offensive in the south, the Armed Forces of Ukraine would exhaust their combat power before reaching the goals. Western experts explained that the offensive in the Zaporozhye region could push Ukrainian forces into a pocket that the Russians would surround from Crimea and the Russian Federation.
The Washington Post adds that US national security adviser Jake also repeated the results of the analysis of the US military Sullivan during talks with Andriy Yermak, head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
Ukrainian commanders eventually accepted the advice and launched a narrower counter-offensive focused on Kherson.