The success of Ukraine’s combat offensive against the Russian attack did not come as a surprise to 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,” he declared.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced to reporters that Ukrainian service members had liberated over 2,300 square miles of the country from Russians. The president stated that Ukrainian troops are pressing Russian forces northeast of Kharkiv and many of the rebels have fled 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 said during a Pentagon press conference. “So, it’s not surprising to us that they have pushed as quickly as they have.”
The Ukrainian military also took advantage of opportunities in the field that allowed themselves in the field. The Kharkiv counteroffensive proves that, the general said.
Western weapons and supplies contributed to the successful counteroffensive . And at a gathering of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Ramstein Air Base, Germany secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III along with counterparts from over fifty other countries pledged to maintain the flow of supplies and increase aid that can be used to support mid- and long-term Ukrainian defenses, Ryder said.
Russians have launched an unprovoked attack on Ukraine poses a threat to the rules-based international order 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 at 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 using the equipment they have to great effect as they’ve changed the dynamics on the battlefield The general claimed. The Ukrainian military also has learned that the battle is not over. The Ukrainian military adopted the NATO strategy of battle, embracing the use of combined arms in the course of fighting. The Ukrainian army has been able to adapt older, Soviet-era military equipment with the latest tactics, and beat the Russians. Ukrainian military personnel also studied western techniques like M777 howitzers and HIMARS as well as drones and more and were capable of using them in conjunction with the old systems and incorporate them into the battle tactics they are using.
“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 effort to support Ukraine and uphold the order based on rules. Russia is isolated. The isolation of Russia is evident in being the only two nations that supply arms for Russia include Iran as well as North Korea.
War is uncertain, 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 said.