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Ukraine's restrictions on striking military targets in Russia give adversary operational advantage — military expert

27 May, 2024 Monday
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Serhiy Zgurets, director of Defense Express, noted that Ukraine is forced to play a secondary role due to restrictions on using Western weapons, mainly imposed by the United States

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He shared this on Espreso TV.

"Now in the north of the Kharkiv region, the front line has stretched by 70 km. The enemy's strategy is to stretch our reserves. Even with limited resources, we have to compensate by repositioning our brigades. This is a secondary effect. The primary effect would be if we could destroy the invaders' accumulated forces, stripping them of the initiative. And now we are forced to play a secondary role due to restrictions on using Western weapons, mainly imposed by the United States," the military expert said.

He explained that while the US is a crucial strategic partner, these tactical limitations give the Russians a potential operational advantage.

"Military experts and politicians understand this, which is why pressure on the Biden administration is increasing. I understand their logic, but it doesn't align with Ukrainian interests regarding using American operational-tactical weapons," emphasized Serhiy Zgurets.

  • On May 1, Latvia's Foreign Minister said Ukraine had received Western weapons with permission to strike Russia from some partners.
  • The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe suggested the U.S. should let Ukraine target Russian military facilities along the Russian border.
  • Pentagon spokesperson stated that U.S. weapons provided to Ukraine are intended for use within Ukrainian territory.
  • The WSJ reported that Ukraine asked President Biden's administration to lift restrictions on using American weapons against Russian military facilities.
  • On May 25, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Alliance members to allow Ukraine to use transferred weapons to attack Russian military targets, which sparked criticism from Italy.
     
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