A Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday that the Ukrainian military was conducting resistance, especially in the south, and that it was possible to retake Russian troops who had “communicated difficulties”.
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John Kirby told CNN that the Ukrainian military was “now, under certain circumstances, attacking” and that they were “pursuing the Russians and pushing them out of areas where there were Russians in the past.”
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John Kirby said in favor of Ukraine “We have seen an increase in recent days (these regional gains).” “This is a real testament to their ability to fight according to their plans, to adapt and to try to push back Russian forces again.”
The Ukrainian army has also launched a counterattack in the small town of Izium, southeast of Kharkiv (east), a senior Pentagon official who said that Russian forces had taken it in an attempt to link the pro-Russian areas of Lugansk and Donetsk.
“What we are seeing today are important struggles in which the Ukrainians are trying to take it back,” a senior official who requested anonymity told the press.
Mr. Kirby told CNN that Russian forces were “not carrying out their operations in coordination as expected from the modern military”.
“Their commanders never talk, they do not always coordinate between the air and ground forces,” the U.S. defense spokesman said.
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“We saw tension between the air and land forces over how well they supported each other, whether it was good or bad,” and the Navy continued. They have problems with the “command and control” of the forces.
“Specifically, they find it difficult to negotiate among themselves and in some cases lead to the use of mobile phones,” the American official estimates.
And on top of that, “they run out of gas, they run out of food.”
“That is why we think the Russians have not seen any real big progress except in the south (recently, the editors’ note),” he said, adding that they were closer to their rear base in the Crimea. “Yeah, they’re in trouble.”
The senior official, who requested anonymity, said Russian forces did not even have the equipment to protect themselves from the cold.
“We have collected information showing that some of their soldiers suffered (from the cold) and are no longer fit to fight due to frostbite,” he said.
For the first time, the combat capability still available to Russian troops deployed since the fall on the Ukrainian borders has dropped to less than 90%, according to him.
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