By David Sole, August 20, 2022
Day in and day out the western corporate mass media had been proclaiming the long awaited Ukrainian counteroffensive against Russian forces in the south of Ukraine. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a counteroffensive as “A large-scale military offensive undertaken by a force previously on the defensive”. Ukraine clearly has been on the defensive ever since Russia unleashed its Special Military Operation on February 24, 2022.
For several months Ukraine officials have promised a counteroffensive to drive back the Russian Federation troops who currently occupy about 20% of Ukraine territory.
However nothing resembling a major push by Ukraine’s forces has occurred. The media are beginning to question whether Ukraine is in any position to reverse its losses to date. The Washington Post reported on August 18 an interview with Ukraine’s Defense Minister who stated “Ukraine’s conventional forces lack the weapons and ammunition needed to launch a full-scale ground offensive to retake territory from the Russians.”
The Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov turned his attention to recent sabotage attacks on Russian Federation military bases and supply depots by Ukrainian special forces teams. Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to Ukraine’s President Zelensky, admitted that
“Western backers have been involved in training the special forces that are responsible for the attacks. NATO partners have provided trainers to show the Ukrainians how to operate behind Russian lines.”