The breakthrough of Ukrainian troops in the east and south of Ukraine, including the strategically important cities of Mariupol and Kherson, will be even more significant than in other directions. Relevant Western intelligence data was shared with The Washington Post by its sources in power.
The report says that the Ukrainian counteroffensive, which forced Russian troops to hastily retreat, could be a turning point in the war and increase pressure on Moscow to has called for additional forces if she hopes to prevent further Ukrainian advance. The further success of the Ukrainian side will depend on whether Russian dictator Vladimir Putin can find reinforcements for the front to compensate for heavy losses.
«The Russians are in trouble. The question will be how they will react, but their weaknesses have been exposed and they do not have large reserves of manpower or equipment», — said one US official.
Another source said that Ukrainian forces are advancing cautiously, consolidating their gains. According to him, the invaders realized that they did not have enough manpower and equipment to hold the occupied territories. However, sources doubt that Putin will resort to chemical or nuclear weapons. Some interlocutors of the newspaper believe that Russian forces still have the opportunity to regroup and strike back.
The interlocutors of the newspaper believe that in the area of Mariupol and Kherson one should expect an even more significant advance of Ukrainian forces than in the Kharkiv region.