Ukraine can now inflict “significant losses” on the Russians, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said, and other Ukrainian officials have said the influx of Western weapons is changing the battlefield.
In his daily video message on Monday, Zelensky said that Ukrainian forces “are capable of inflicting significant logistical losses on the occupiers.”
“It is becoming increasingly difficult for the Russian army to hold positions in the occupied territory,” he said. “Step by step, we are moving forward, interrupting the supply of the occupiers, identifying and neutralizing collaborators.”
Valeriy Zaluzhny, commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said the “timely arrival” of longer-range artillery, such as the US HIMARS system, is helping to change the battlefield.
“The situation has been stabilized. It is complex, tense, but completely controllable. An important factor contributing to our holding defensive lines and positions is the timely arrival of M142 HIMARS, which deliver pinpoint strikes against enemy command posts, ammunition and fuel. storage warehouses,” Zaluzhny said.
CNN recorded about 20 strikes far behind Russian troops in the Donetsk, Lugansk, Mykolaiv and Kherson regions this month, some of them resulting in large explosions and multiple detonations.
Zaluzny said he thanked Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, for helping the US and its allies “in the fight for freedom.”
Separately, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov told Ukrainian television that “today we really have a completely different situation than a month ago. Now, thanks to the fact that we receive enough weapons from our partners, we have established some parity in some positions.”
Danilov said that Ukraine would like to have more weapons in the future in order to tip the scales in its favor, “so that we have as many opportunities as possible to end this war as soon as possible.”
Speaking about the situation in the Donbass, the head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhiy Gaidai, said on Monday that “Western weapons work not at 100%, but at 200%, because [Russian] warehouses are blown up. Command posts were also blown up. “
Hayday said that “we clearly understand that the Russians are really afraid of a further increase in these Western weapons.”