Expert praises Ukrainian counteroffensive: “There are first breakthroughs”.

Military expert Christian Mölling of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is much more positive about Ukrainian progress in the counteroffensive against Russia than some U.S. Army officials.

“There are initial breakthroughs on the southern front line. Whether they can be widened also depends on what the Ukrainians find in the second line of defense,” Mölling tells the Funke Newspapers. “One hypothesis is that at this stage, the Russians don’t have enough manpower left to heavily man the other lines of defense.”

Most recently, there had been criticism from the U.S. that Ukraine was not focusing enough on the southern front. The military expert rejects this criticism. Mölling explains that Ukraine has “destroyed a great deal of the Russians’ military infrastructure and logistics” in recent months.

The concrete situation on the front lines is often difficult to assess. Information often comes from Ukraine or Russia, which have a vested interest in the information space due to their direct involvement in the conflict.

Image:, Vladimir Putin meeting with government ministers (2022-07-08) 02, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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