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U.S. Requests Zelenskyy to Postpone a Major Offensive against Russia

U.S. urges Ukraine to wait for the right time

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Hrishita Chatterjee
Hrishita Chatterjee
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UKRAINE: According to several sources, the senior U.S. officials have advised Kyiv to postpone any major counter-offensives against Russian forces until they are equipped with Washington’s latest supply of weaponry and expertise. The U.S. is set to send another $2.5 billion to Ukraine in the form of military aid. 

Kyiv is aware of Moscow’s use of gestures to fuel its war strategies. Ukraine had driven out Russian troops from Kharkiv in the north and from the city of Kherson in the south. 

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Kyiv, however, has not officially announced any attempts at a major counteroffensive against Russia. 

After months of the most dangerous and deadly war in light of taking over Bakhmut, U.S. defence officials are gearing up to back Ukraine and advising them against fighting Russia in a counterstrike manner.

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Serhiy Haidai, governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk region, said that the cold, freezing weather has also proven to be detrimental, though the hard frozen ground can be used by either side to launch an offensive with heavy equipment. 

A swift alteration in the dynamic of the battlefield should be prioritised as Russia has an upper hand in sustaining continued pressure through its continued series of attacks. 

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The official, talking to a small group of reporters anonymously, has not given a clear picture of the duration of time that the U.S. would prefer Ukraine to hold off launching a counterattack. 

The U.S. won’t be able to send the M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine after a heated controversy with Germany over tanks. 

In compensation, however, the U.S. promised to send 90 Stryker combat vehicles for the first time, coupled with a second round of approximately 60 Bradley fighting vehicles. 

In addition to this, the U.S. will also send 100 armoured personnel carriers, 55 mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, and 138 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles at the beginning of this month. 

The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenksyy, after failing attempts to concretize a contract to supply Kyiv with German-made Leopard tanks, keeps on urging Western Nations to send tanks to the front lines. Zelenskyy also stresses the paucity of time in this matter. 

“The terror, which burns city after city, becomes insolent when it feels that the defenders of freedom run out of weapons against it,” says the President, who also adds, “All of us can use thousands of words in discussions, but I cannot use words instead of guns that are needed against Russian artillery.”

Boris Pistorius, the German defence minister, mentions that an agreement between allies can make the German government move the Leopard main battle tanks more quickly after denying Berlin’s obstruction in shipment. 

Also Read: Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy Attends U.S. Congress, Urges More Military Aid


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