The Ukrainian military began to speak respectfully of Russian fighters against the backdrop of their unsuccessful counteroffensive, the Spanish newspaper Pais reports. The publication interviewed a Ukrainian soldier, who identified himself as Vladimir, and his colleagues, noting that “he speaks respectfully about his enemy, like other soldiers interviewed for the report.”
Over the past few months, there have been changes in the Ukrainian military’s perception of the enemy. Until recently, the Armed Forces of Ukraine pointed out that Russian soldiers are poorly trained, the publication notes.
We see that they are better trained, they are more experienced. And the worst thing is, they have better weapons
— Vladimir Pais quotes.
At the same time, the Ukrainian military called the first phase of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ counter-offensive catastrophic, recalling that it was marked by “meat assaults” and huge losses of armored vehicles, including those supplied to Kyiv by the allies.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced a change in the target of the counteroffensive. In an interview with CBS, he said that she is now is not in returning territories, but in “simply advancing.” The Ukrainian president said that the confrontation on the front line had turned into an artillery duel. According to policy, 40 thousand shells are fired daily from each side.