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Ukraine says counteroffensive delayed; Britain sending cruise missiles to Kyiv

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I told you it was a counterfeit offensive

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in remarks broadcast Thursday that Kyiv is delaying its long-awaited counteroffensive against Russia’s occupying forces because Ukraine lacks enough Western weapons to succeed without suffering too many casualties.

called it.

no "spring offensive" until they get more money.

gotta pay up for the proxy war.

-16 ( +9 / -25 )

What was that?! Was it a bird? Was it a plane?

No, it is Ukraine's new friend on the battlefield.

Now Russia is going to get a taste of its own medicine.

10 ( +18 / -8 )

So, someone finally beat into Zelensky that another Offense that allowed him to seize no more of the Ukraine that doesn't see his regime as legitimate than the previous heads of the installed regime seized control of, but instead ended up with more of it liberated from Kiev's rule was harder to spin as a victory than losing control over the same territory without the Offense.

-20 ( +6 / -26 )

While this seems to be a personal fantasy, points for the impressively long sentence.

So, someone finally beat into Zelensky that another Offense that allowed him to seize no more of the Ukraine that doesn't see his regime as legitimate than the previous heads of the installed regime seized control of, but instead ended up with more of it liberated from Kiev's rule was harder to spin as a victory than losing control over the same territory without the Offense.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Disappointing if true. The real question is for how long.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

no "spring offensive" until they get more money.

No. Apparently you missed this:

“On the other hand, I would not be surprised at all if it started in the next couple of weeks, depending on the mud. ... As of last week it was still one of the wettest springs they’ve had over there in years. … It’s just not favorable,” he said.

gotta pay up for the proxy war.

This is an embarrassingly silly argument. But anything will do as long as it delegitimizes the Ukrainian government and their fight against fascism.

11 ( +17 / -6 )

It’s not only them who need a bit more time. Also the normal people in the West who have to finance that war with their work, money and taxes, need a bit more time. Before they can shoot their weapons, we all first have to get up in the morning and do some hard days’ work, so to say. Of course that needs some time, the toys fir their useless war hobby don’t grow freely on trees!

-12 ( +5 / -17 )

An important weapon. No spring offensive until they have the equipment they need.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Let's hope this is a ruse to get the terrorists to let their guard down.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Russians jumped the gun and started fleeing Bakhmut too early.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

The Ukraine narrative is falling apart, that is obvious. What we need to hope for is that Poland does not decide to do something stupid like claim part of Ukraine. If that happens nothing is off the table in what happens next. For those advocating for the war to continue think about that means for the average Ukrainian who has been press ganged into the military.

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

Taiwan,when is the last time hope won anything

-12 ( +4 / -16 )

Taiwan,when is the last time hope won anything

that would be every time anybody ever won anything.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

The US is giving exile to Russian,that did not have the guts to fight like men for their freedom

-14 ( +3 / -17 )

The US is giving exile to Russian,that did not have the guts to fight like men for their freedom

You mean those that didn’t want to invade a country based on a lie.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

He didn’t say it’s not happening. He didn’t even say it’s not happening in the spring which does not end until 6/21.

Only a fool would take unnecessary casualties because of an arbitrary date.

Oh, look who “called it!”

it does explain rather a lot…..

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Step One, stop the flow drones from Iran by taking this war to Iran

Step Two, arm Ukraine to the teeth so it can deliver a quick and decisive victory saving lives on both sides.

Step Three, Time is on Ukraine side so DO NOT rush and do it right.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

They were not complaining when they have the privilege of being White Russian,

Not everybody supports those in power in Russia. Before this invasion it was less than is being reported now.

running was not an option,stay and fight until victory in achieve

and yet they left because they didn’t want to partake in the lie.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Spring or even summer offensive. Timing is everything otherwise more Ukrainian troops will be killed.

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in remarks broadcast Thursday that Kyiv is delaying its long-awaited counteroffensive against Russia’s occupying forces because Ukraine lacks enough Western weapons to succeed without suffering too many casualties.

Masterful use of misinformation by Zelensky. The Russians have been preparing and quite jumpy about the upcoming counteroffensive, which has been repeated signalled by Kyiv.

Now they can relax, and that is when it will start.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Spring last until summer starts late next month. But Ukraine thinks summer is better, it will happen then. They need to move when they have the best chance to defeat the Russians.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Folks just don't get it!

Of course they won't announce the date and time when their successful counter-offensive will begin!

Rest assurred, all areas occupied by those Russian marauders will be returned to Ukraine!

Ukraine prevails!

2 ( +9 / -7 )

Spring, when a man's heart turns to offensives against invaders.

In an earlier message on Thursday Prigozhin said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was "being deceptive" when he said Ukraine's anticipated counteroffensive had been delayed because it was waiting for more aid from foreign countries.

He said the counteroffensive was actually going ahead at full speed around Bakhmut and that Ukrainian operations were proving to be "unfortunately, partially successful".

On Wednesday, both Prigozhin and the Ukrainian military said that Kyiv's forces had routed a Russian army unit near Bakhmut, in a significant advance for Ukraine.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/russias-wagner-boss-prigozhin-ukrainian-102038316.html

4 ( +6 / -2 )

A week ago the US and NATO allies were saying that well over 90% of the promised equipment, ammunition and vehicles had been delivered. Ukrainian forces have been busy blowing up Russian fuel storage, vehicle storage and attacking refineries, preparing the battle space. Now they say there is a delay in equipment. I suspect it is brain games kind of like last spring when they had everyone expecting a big push in the south only to advance in the east.

I was more than a little surprised to see the Brits give Ukraine Storm Shadow cruise missiles. That implies to me they have found a way to integrate them onto either their MiG-29s and / or SU-27s, no mean feat. An integration like that usually takes a couple of years to accomplish in peacetime but the Brits have some experience MacGyvering weapons on unexpected platforms during a war (in the Falklands) plus the US finagled HARM on the same aircraft in something like 45 days. Storm Shadow is much like JASSM, has a very potent 450 kg BROACH warhead and depending on the source a range of 300-500 km.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Dear taxpayer, you must pay the money.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

Dear taxpayer, you must pay the money.

It is a lot less costly to help Ukraine defeat the Russians in Ukraine than to turn our backs on them. Every Dollar and Euro is money well spent. The lessons of WWII apply. If the US, UK, France and Canada had formed an alliance and stopped Hitler when he tried to take Czechoslovakia there might not have been a WWII. I guarantee you that if Russia conquers Ukraine they are not going to stop at the Ukraine border. They claim that all three Baltic states (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia), Ukraine and Kazakhstan are not what they consider to be legitimate nations but are really part of Russia and need to be brought back under control of Moscow. The heap further abuse on the Kazakhs because the generation that has grown up since the fall of the USSR feels no affection for Russia, consider themselves Kazakhs and no longer speak Russian. The Russians are crying the Kazakhs are committing "genocide" against Russian speakers there as a potential justification to invade. The same sort of lies they used to justify their invasion of Ukraine. No, if Russia is not stopped in Ukraine then we face the NATO-Russia war nobody wants. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

more than reasonable and logical comments.

except that your "penny wise" is more like 170 billion dollars.

So the "pound foolish" would be 1-2 trillion?

plus the same amount for reconstruction?

is it really worth is financially?

-15 ( +2 / -17 )

Above in the comments we can hear the common voice of humanity and common sense. We can also hear the racist voice of violent aggression, ethnic cleansing and glorious empire building.

Now, which side should I take? Hmmmm....

2 ( +7 / -5 )

I wonder if they are capable of mounting any kind of offensive. Stalemate seems the most likely option. Until Europe finally tires of supporting this awful conflict.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

except that your "penny wise" is more like 170 billion dollars.

Pick a number, any number. It was 190 billion a few months ago. Did Zelensky give some back?

Guess what? It's neither.

You're not good with numbers, especially election-related ones.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

cut money for Kiev regime and war will end in one week.

Russia going home it ends immediately. Nothing simpler than that.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

cut money for Kiev regime and war will end in one week.

Russia couldn't end the war when they weren't getting money. They are the third best army in Ukraine.

Get used to more dead Soviet soldiers for years to come.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Until Europe finally tires of supporting this awful conflict.

Russia is supporting this conflict. Europe is supporting Ukraine's right to exist. Strange how anyone can mix up the obvious.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

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