Ukraine’s slow counter-offensive. The US general blames the US

Mark Arnold, a retired US Army general, believes that the Ukrainian armed forces lack equipment that the United States could provide.

While some US officials, dissatisfied with the slow pace of the counter-offensive, blame the Ukrainian military, a retired US general disagrees.

Mark Arnold, who served in the U.S. military for more than 37 years, mostly in special forces (Green Berets), told the Washington Post that the Ukrainians lack the mobility needed to breach Russian-built minefields and barriers.

He pointed out that the US Army’s infantry and armored battalions have tanks with demining equipment in every company. “Ukrainians don’t have that,” he added.

– If you add up all the Bradley fighting vehicles, Leopard 2 tanks, Challenge tanks and other equipment, the Ukrainians can only man one brigade. Only six battalions of some 350 ground forces battalions have had combined military training with NATO, he said, adding that this was simply not enough to “make a difference.”

Counteroffensive. Ukraine has no air superiority

As he explained, the armed forces of Ukraine also face problems arising from the lack of air superiority. In his view, Russian attack helicopters in many cases attacked Ukrainian armored units attempting to clear minefields, minimizing their advance.

The US general believes that in this situation the pace of the Ukrainian counter-offensive is sufficient. “Without the US military’s air superiority and long-range artillery systems, it would be difficult to achieve much better results. Therefore, I am satisfied with the progress that the Ukrainians have shown so far,” he said.

Arnold rejects the Pentagon’s criticism that Ukraine is using too much force against Bakhmut. He believes that the offensive in this direction “did not require a large amount of mechanized equipment” and that “Ukrainian operations in different geographical regions are necessary to tie down Russian military units and protect Ukrainian areas in the northeast.”

In his opinion, it is worth employing retired Western officers to train brigades in Ukraine, and not forcing them to go to other countries, as this will allow more units to be trained faster. “The West can do much more to end the war, but we are not doing it. This has to change, he said.

Source: Do Rzeczy