Ukrainians are Growing Pessimistic As Counteroffensive is Producing Minimula Results
Per a report by the Washington Post, many Ukraine citizens are beginning to sour on the war with Russia, and that national unity behind this military campaign is beginning to slip
This shift in the mood of the Ukrainian public comes as Ukraine’s much-hyped spring offensive begins to yield miniscule results in terms of territorial recapture while the country’s troops take massive casualties.
“Ukrainians, much in need of good news, are simply not getting any,” the Washington Post reported on August 10, 2023. One Ukrainian citizen, Alla Blyzniuk, who was interviewed by the Washington Post, stated, “[before] people were united.” Currently, she observed a sense of collective “disappointment.”
The growing despair manifested by the Ukrainian populace is the result of the massive casualties that Ukraine has incurred during its counteroffensive. Blyzniuk said that the bulk soldiers sent to the frontline get killed in only two to three days. In a recent report, Politico reported that Kiev had deployed 150,000 troops to fight on three fronts. However, the Defense Department conceded that Ukrainian military units have failed to make any significant progress on the battlefield.
The US government publicly claims it has supplied the Ukrainians with everything Ukraine needs to carry out a successful counteroffensive. That said, Western officials told the Wall Street Journal that Ukrainian forces did not have the necessary equipment. “When Ukraine launched its big counteroffensive this spring, Western military officials knew Kyiv didn’t have all the training or weapons—from shells to warplanes—that it needed to dislodge Russian forces.” The report added, “But they hoped Ukrainian courage and resourcefulness would carry the day. They Haven’t.”
Anna Oliinyk, a Ukrainian soldier, said to the Washington Post that she hoped the losses would be worth it in the end. “We’ve got all these guys coming back from the front line without limbs,” she stated. “I want the price they paid to be reasonable. Otherwise it’s just useless, what they went through.”
Anna’s husband, a Ukrainian soldier who lost one of his legs in combat, said to the Washington Post he would not enlist if he could make the same decision again, calling attention to how the Ukrainian government is sending untrained soldiers to the battlefield. “They are taking everyone and sending them to the front line without proper preparation,” he stated. “I don’t want to be in the company of unmotivated people.”
It’s becoming abundantly clear that Ukraine will not be able to expel Russian military forces. Moreover, Ukrainian military forces are being led to a senseless slaughter against superior opponents.
Rational minds would do everything possible to end this conflict.
Unfortunately, such minds will not be found in the highest echelons of DC policymaking.