Kyiv’s on-going counter-offensive if set to yield success, according to Vadym Skibitsky of Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence (HUR). 

In a recent Civilmedia interview, Skibitsky underlined that while the current situation on the battlefield remains challenging, the initiative is firmly held by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).

“Progress is proceeding as planned. We are adaptable to changes on the battlefield and making necessary adjustments,” he said. 

“Ukrainian military intelligence is exposing the intentions of the enemy, and our defense forces are effectively foiling them. We analyze and strike where Russian occupiers face significant losses.”

The intelligence officer elaborated that the pace at which Ukrainian troops are advancing along the front line is influenced, in part, by extensive mine barriers and fortifications installed by Russian forces in temporarily occupied territories. Russian troops have entrenched themselves deeply within these areas.

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Skibitsky emphasized: “For those who perceive Ukraine's offensive as being too slow, it's important to remember that war is not a sports competition.”

He further stressed that the dynamics of warfare are influenced by a multitude of factors, including the availability of resources required for successful execution of combat missions.

“We require ammunition, air defense equipment, demining tools, and high-precision long-range weaponry,” Skibitsky asserted.

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He added that the AFU’s actions on the battlefield are strategically aimed at incapacitating the enemy. This includes blocking supply routes, neutralizing weapons depots, prevailing in counter-artillery confrontations, and dismantling the enemy's reconnaissance and air defense capabilities.

“Our efforts span all dimensions of the conflict, and the collective successes achieved therein will culminate in the desired outcome. Thus, Ukraine's offensive is underway, and it is poised for success,” he affirmed.

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Skibitsky also stressed how Ukraine's consistent objective remains the liberation of all territories from Russian forces, ensuring lasting peace, and providing security guarantees.

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Maxwell Merryvale
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All the comments below about more weapons will only only increase the loss of life. The president of Ukraine is irresponsible and I bet the Ukranian people have not been told the death toll.

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Freddie
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I'm so tired of people who say it's going to slow. They have no support or long range missiles. To all those who criticize you go and fight a war one armed tied behind your back. I think the are doing a great job while Nato dithers and worries about Russia and Putin to much.

James M. Sigler II
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@Freddie, Good comment.

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Andrew Lockett
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It's way past time that AFU received ATACMS from the US. Now that Ukraine has got some decent momentum in targeting and destroying the moskals ammunition and fuel stores well behind the lines, USA should be assisting Ukraine to capitalise upon this success by immediately transferring this crucial ground to ground long range missile system. Javelin was a game changer, HIMARS was a game changer and ATACMS will similarly be so, inevitably forcing the desperate orcs to push their ammo stores and command and control even further away from the front lines. Come on Biden, pull your finger out and do what's needed for victory.

James M. Sigler II
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@Andrew Lockett, Good comment.

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Eumaeus
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Excuses . If you want European weapons and European-trained soldiers, then do what Europeans would do: analyze when the decisions of your high command have led to undeserved success for the Russians, and judge those who have made them as traitors or incompetent. Putin trusted the traitors in your country to easily occupy Ukraine, and only the brave resistance of the Ukrainian people and Western information and weapons managed to prevent it. But have you checked that all the pro-Russians in your Army have been neutralized? I don't think so.

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Michael Stobbs
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God bless zelensky and all the brave Ukrainians defending Europe from this evil facist dictator putin.you sacrifice so much for Europe,for democracy we should give you everything you ask for to end this evil regime in Russia freeing the russian people at the same time.slava Ukraine Slava democracy Slava freedom

James M. Sigler II, U.S. Army Veteran
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@Michael Stobbs, Without the use of nuclear weapons, we basically see a lot of WWI and WWII tactics. If you read "On War", by Carl von Clausewitz which was mostly based on WWI tactics was revised or being revised on WWII tactics that massing of forces and economy of forces used together but implemented at different places on the battlefield at the same time are key to the current success on the offensives and counter-offensives on the battlefield at this time. Because the West moved a bit too slow in giving necessary weaponry to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Russian Federation has been able to create deliberate defenses which are multiple levels deep with alternate and supplementary positions.

What remains to be scene is whether NATO countries will provide aircraft, fighters, bombers, attack helicopters, troop transport helicopters necessary to change the momentum of the conflict. And can Ukraine expect ATACMS and other long range rockets or missiles to alter the depth of the battlespace and open the door to deep battle operations which will likely be necessary for the retaking of Crimea.

K. Morgan
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@James M. Sigler II, U.S. Army Veteran,

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