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 Zaluzhnyi does not say that we have reached deadlock — military expert

4 November, 2023 Saturday
19:50

Mykhailo Samus, a military expert and director of the New Geopolitics Research Network, noted that in an article for The Economist, Ukraine's armed forces chief Valeriy Zaluzhnyi wrote about Russia's trap to draw Ukraine into a positional war

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He expressed this opinion on Espreso TV.

"Nowadays, the media are making a lot of headlines about Zaluzhnyi's words about the deadlock. In fact, he does not say that we have reached a deadlock, but says that it is a Russian trap to drag us into a positional war. That is, Russia would like to drag us into a positional war, and in some areas break through and occupy the entire Donbas. And at the end of 2024, to say that Ukraine should be dragged to the negotiating table and sign some kind of Minsk-3. I don't think Zaluzhnyi is saying that we have reached some kind of dead end and have no way out," the military expert commented.

Mykhailo Samus believes that, on the contrary, this article is quite frank and serious about the problems and the technologies we need.

" If you remember a year ago, Zaluzhnyi also published an article in which he talked about the need for 300 tanks, 400 armored personnel carriers, and so on. And then he spoke to our partners. In this article, he is addressing the Ukrainian nation, not our Western partners. Zaluzhnyi emphasizes the need to focus on combining the technologies that are already available, including drones, electronic warfare, counter-battery warfare, and so on. We have all this, but to get out of parity with Russia, we need to multiply, scale and mass-produce everything. Here he is addressing the Ukrainians, saying that the West is supporting us, and we are grateful, but we need to focus, because Russia is managing to draw us into a positional war, and we need to get out of it," Samus said.

  • On 1 November, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi's column was published in The Economist for the first time since December 2022.
  • Zaluzhnyi noted that Russia's war against Ukraine could move to a new dangerous stage and named priority areas whose development would help prevent this. He also explained what is needed to break the deadlock in the war with Russia.
  • Zaluzhnyi also named 5 priorities that will prevent the war from reaching a stage that threatens Ukraine.
  • The Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief said that F-16s would be less effective than expected because Russia had strengthened its air defense.
  • On 4 November, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded to a recent article by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi and stated that Ukraine was not in a deadlock 
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