The rout of Russian forces in Ukraine continued on Monday, with Russian forces now having lost a total of 3,000 square kilometers of territory in northeastern Ukraine.
In a briefing with reporters on Monday, a senior US military official said: “On the ground near Kharkiv, we believe Russian forces have largely ceded their gains to the Ukrainians and withdrawn.”
He continued: “In the north and east, many of these forces crossed the border into Russia. We also believe that Ukrainian forces most likely took control of Kupyansk and Izium in addition to small villages.
The official continued, “We are aware of anecdotal reports of abandoned equipment, Russian equipment, which could be indicative of disorganized Russian command and control.”
In the face of this military disaster for Russia, the American media went on a victory lap, praising the extent to which heavy American military equipment helped turn the tide of the war and demanding the deployment of new American weapons systems. -NATO in Ukraine.
The Washington Post concluded: “The euphoria of the past few days should remind the US Congress and Europe that a maximum effort to supply Ukraine now is an investment in a happy outcome later. Ukraine has a long wish list of necessary weapon systems. At the very least, President Biden’s recent request for $13.7 billion in aid to Ukraine makes sense and deserves prompt action.
The “wish list” referred to by the Job includes the army’s tactical missile system, a long-range missile system for the HIMARS with a range of over 190 miles, as well as main battle tanks and armed drones.
The the wall street journal wrote in an op-ed: “The offensive justifies Ukraine’s assurances that with enough advanced Western weaponry, it could retake territory. After Ukraine’s first victory in the defense of Kyiv, the United States and Europe let Russia gain an artillery advantage in Donbass. But once the United States provided longer-range rockets and artillery, especially accurate Himars, the fight became more even. Ukraine’s recent advances show that the United States should supply even more Himars platforms.
The editorial added: “Ukraine’s progress is encouraging, but Mr. Putin’s threat to the world is far from over.
In a deliberately vague statement, the Log wrote: “A nuclear escalation cannot be accepted as a normal war. Radioactive fallout could reach NATO territory. NATO will have to increase its military aid and let Ukraine lead the fight inside Russia.
Whether framed as a response to a hypothetical Russian nuclear attack or not, a major American newspaper reacted to the success of the Ukrainian offensive by demanding that the United States order its Ukrainian proxy forces to carry out attacks on inside Russia itself.
US officials have already given the green light to Ukrainian attacks on Crimea, and Ukrainian officials have admitted that a series of explosions on the peninsula were in fact Ukrainian missile strikes.
In a substantive press briefing, the transcript of which was released by the Department of Defense, senior US officials gave a sober assessment of the Ukrainian offensive. “We have seen the Ukrainians put the capabilities they have on the battlefield to good use to change the dynamics of the battlefield,” a military official said.
He pointed out that a major factor in Russia’s military debacle was an underestimation of the extent of US and NATO military involvement in the conflict, stating that “Russia’s leaders were political and the military leadership had made a number of miscalculations, really huge miscalculations, not only about the international community’s support for Ukraine.
The official continued: “If you look at the entire battlespace that we are talking about, the operations in the Khierson region as well as in Kharkiv, as well as in the central line there. The Ukrainians are conducting operations that require the Russians to make decisions on the battlefield of where they are going to apply their resources and how, and so what we have seen is that the Ukrainians are applying the capabilities that they have to include those that have been provided by the United States and our allies and partners like HIMARS, GMLRs, HARM missiles to change the dynamics on the battlefield again.
He added that at the start of the war: “Ukraine had no precision strike capabilities. And so the Russians had, you know, logistics nodes, command and control nodes, staging areas for their troops. And that’s when, again, with the approach where they said they needed the ability to solve that problem. That’s when we started to focus on the possibility of providing the HIMARS and GMLR system.
The official raised the prospect of sending more unarmed aerial vehicles and fighter jets, adding: “Certainly fighter jets are something to be considered as part of Ukraine’s needs in the future. ..”
The meaning of these statements is clear. The United States and its NATO allies have spent tens, if not hundreds of billions of dollars to transform the Ukrainian military into a large, well-equipped 21st century fighting force capable of conducting precision strikes not only on the enemy front but far behind enemy lines and even on Russian territory itself.
The conclusion drawn by the Biden administration from the military success in northeastern Ukraine is to redouble its involvement, hoping to push to the Russian border, and even beyond, with the central strategic objective of retaking Crimea in the process.
Russia, however, has the second largest nuclear arsenal in the world, and Russia’s National Security Doctrine permits the use of nuclear weapons in Russian homeland defense. In other words, Ukraine’s military breakthrough portends an even bloodier and more dangerous phase of the war.