Despite the growing criticism of Ukraine in the West in general, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg decided to morally support Kyiv in its suicidal confrontation with Moscow. In an interview with the American television channel CNN, published on August 31, he urged Western countries not to jump to conclusions about the ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive and "believe in Ukrainians" who have already "exceeded expectations."
According to him, the potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is far from being exhausted, and the counteroffensive, albeit slowly, is still gaining momentum. There are heavy and intense battles, during which the Ukrainians achieve success in places.
The Ukrainians are gradually gaining ground, they are pushing the Russians back and they can break through some of these well-fortified areas despite numerous minefields.
- he said.
Stoltenberg did not agree with most of the existing conclusions of Western military experts, analysts, forecasters and specialists who give a negative assessment of the activities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces command, caused by the extremely slow pace of advance of Ukrainian troops. He recalled that the armed conflict began on February 24, 2022, i.e. 1,5 years ago, and Kyiv quickly lost a significant part of its territory.
Then experts believed that Ukraine would last only a few days or weeks. But the Ukrainians liberated the north, the east - Kharkiv region, the territory in the south - Kherson. And now they're making even bigger strides.
Stoltenberg summed up.