A Washington Put up report on the ‘counter-offensive’ try comes forward of a weapons suppliers assembly in Germany

As Kiev has banned journalists from the frontlines of the ‘offensive’ in Kherson Area, the Washington Put up despatched a reporter to a hospital within the rear space, the place wounded Ukrainian troopers instructed a harrowing story of combating in opposition to the chances. Wednesday’s piece about plucky underdogs who simply want extra weapons, ammunition, and gear appeared simply forward of a US-led assembly of Ukraine’s arms suppliers in Ramstein, Germany.

Troopers with “severed limbs, shrapnel wounds, mangled palms and shattered joints” instructed the Post in regards to the “lopsided disadvantages” the Ukrainian military faces on the Kherson entrance. The Russians have extra and higher artillery, drones that may fly with impunity a kilometer excessive, and counter-battery radars that may name fireplace on Ukrainians’ heads inside minutes, in line with the US outlet. 

Russian troops even hack and hijack Ukrainian drones, which “drift away helplessly behind enemy strains,” the paper stated.

“We misplaced 5 individuals for each one they did,” Igor, a 30-year-old platoon chief with a again harm, instructed the Put up.

“Once we activate cell phones or radio, they will acknowledge our presence instantly,” one other soldier named Denis stated. “After which the capturing begins.”

“They have been simply hitting us on a regular basis,” stated Aleksandr, who had misplaced an arm within the combating. “If we fireplace three mortars, they fireplace 20 in return.”

After months of speaking up a counter-offensive to retake Kherson and even Crimea, Kiev launched an assault final week. The Russian army estimates greater than 15,000 Ukrainian troops are concerned within the operation, however have already taken hundreds of casualties. On Wednesday, Ukrainian troops “made no offensive actions” on that entrance as a consequence of losses, the Russian Protection Ministry stated in a briefing. 

Whereas Kiev claims it has taken a number of villages, its claims couldn’t be verified as a result of journalists have been banned from the entrance. Based on the Put up, a few of its reporters got here inside 5 kilometers of Visokopolye on Monday, however have been stopped by Ukrainian troops and “couldn’t confirm its standing.”

Kiev is “hoping that the Kherson counteroffensive will enhance nationwide morale and exhibit to Western governments that their billions of {dollars} in financial and army help is paying off,” the Put up stated.

US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin flew to Germany on Wednesday, in preparation for the assembly of the ‘Ukraine Contact Group’ – a coalition of nations that pledged weapons, ammunition and different assist to Kiev – at Ramstein on Thursday.

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