As winter approaches, the West’s solidarity with Ukraine seems to wane. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj is required to show successes before the cold winter. This is the only way he can count on further arms deliveries and help from Europe. With a large-scale counter-offensive, Kyiv is currently trying to prove that the enormous pressure exerted on the population of Europe, for example by the sanctions against Russia, is not in vain. According to Selenskyjs information, the Ukrainians recaptured around 2000 square kilometers in the past ten days, which corresponds to half the area of Burgenland.
“Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kharkiv Oblast has routed Russian forces and collapsed Russia’s northern axis in Donbass. The Russian armed forces are not conducting a controlled retreat, but are quickly fleeing from the south-east of the area to avoid the encirclement around Izyum,” experts from the Institute for the Study of War analyze the current situation.
But the pictures apart from the cheering reports are terrible. According to the front, 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers are said to have died in the counter-offensive.
With a view to further attempts at recapture, the Ukraine now Germany to supply battle tanks. “We don’t see any obstacles to this,” said Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba after a meeting with his German colleague Annalena Baerbock in Kyiv. Until Berlin decides to do so, Germany should continue to supply artillery ammunition. “This noticeably increases our offensive possibilities and that helps us to liberate new areas,” said the chief diplomat.
Baerbock reacted cautiously to the Ukrainian Financial support. “We have been delivering heavy weapons for a long time. And we see that these heavy weapons also make a difference in terms of support Ukraine do,” she emphasized. Specifically, Baerbock named multiple rocket launchers, self-propelled howitzers and anti-aircraft tanks of the Gepard type. Germany will deliver ten more of the latter as soon as possible. The Foreign Minister also said heavy equipment for building bridges and winter equipment