The success of Ukraine’s combat offensive against the Russian invasion did not surprise the country’s allies and friends, Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said.
“I think if anyone was surprised, just based on the reports that we’ve seen in terms of the Russian military’s response, it was probably the Russians,” the Russian official declared.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced to reporters that Ukrainian military personnel had freed more than 2300 acres of land from Russians. He stated that Ukrainian troops are pushing Russian troops northeast of Kharkiv as well as a lot of rebels have fled across the line across the border into Russia.
“Certainly, since the beginning of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, we’ve seen the Ukrainians demonstrate a remarkable adaptability and their ability to use their warfighting capabilities to great effect,” Ryder stated during the Pentagon news conference. “So, it’s not surprising to us that they have pushed as quickly as they have.”
The Ukrainian military also made use of the military opportunities presented themselves in the field. The Kharkiv counteroffensive is proof of that, said the general.
Western weapons and supplies played a part in the effectiveness of the counteroffensive and at a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Ramstein Air Base, Germany, secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III as well as counterparts from more than fifty other countries pledged to keep the supply chain moving and boost aid that could be applied to mid-term and long-term Ukrainian security, Ryder said.
Russians unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is a challenge to the global rules-based system that has prevented wars among large powers since the conclusion in World War II.
“Secretary Austin and other U.S. government leaders continue to regularly engage with our Ukrainian counterparts,” Ryder said during the news event. “I think last week’s meeting at Ramstein is a good example of how seriously we’re taking this and that we are constantly engaged in a dialogue to determine what are the needs of our Ukrainian partners, based on the conditions on the ground.”
In the offensive, Ukrainian forces have been employing the tools they’ve got with great success, and they have transformed the way things work in the battle, the general said. The Ukrainian military also has learned that the battle is not over. The Ukrainian military adopted the NATO combat tactics using the use of combined arms in the course of war. The Ukrainian military has been capable of integrating older Soviet-era military gear to use new strategies and defeat the Russians. Ukrainian soldiers also learned western equipment like M777 howitzers and HIMARS as well as drones and more and were able to use them with the old systems and incorporate these into the strategies they use.
“It is just that remarkable adaptability on the battlefield to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that exist to use not only equipment that they’ve already had in their inventory, but the equipment that has been provided to them by the U.S. and other international partners,” Ryder said. “So, it is very evident that they continue to figure out ways to fight.”
Fifth Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting at Ramstein Air Base last week represents a worldwide initiative to help Ukraine and protect the rule-based order. Russia is in a state of isolation. Its isolation is illustrated by the fact that the only two nations that supply weapons towards Russia are Iran and North Korea.
The war is not certain, but at present, “Ukraine continues to use the aid provided by the United States and other international partners to great effect on the battlefield in their fight to defend their country,” Ryder declared.