Can Ukraine launch a counterattack?  General Waldemar Skrzepczak has no illusions

Russia’s war with Ukraine. Day 800

More recently, fighting in the Donetsk region has centered around the town of Chasiv Yar, which is defended by Ukrainians. Due to organizational chaos at the beginning of last week, Ukrainian forces lost important positions in Osheretino, after which this part of the front collapsed. The Russians occupy successive fortified villages, and the defenders withdraw from them for fear of being surrounded. The Commander of the Ukrainian Army, General Oleksandr Sirsky, said during the Ramstein Group meeting that “the operational and strategic situation on the front is complex and tends to worsen.”

Ukrainian military intelligence estimates that the Russians are able to seize Chasiv Yar, but they will not be able to control major cities in Ukraine. According to General Vadym Skibitsky, deputy head of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR), the Russians would like to achieve some major success on the front before celebrating Victory in Russia Day on May 9 or a visit by Vladimir Putin. To China scheduled for mid-May.

A Ukrainian soldier near Kubyansk in the Kharkiv region is bombed by the Russians

According to General Waldemar Skrzypchak, former commander of the Ground Forces, “only diplomacy and diplomacy can end this war, because this war will end militarily.” – He said in the “Open Pact” podcast that the army will fight as long as it has to. In this context, he drew attention to two issues. – First of all, what concessions can Putin make – because we expect concessions from him, and he has advantages in his hands – he has occupied almost a third of Ukraine, unfortunately. Secondly, in my opinion, there is a big role for all countries that want to end the war, and that are tired of this war, to convince Beijing, which will force Putin to want to end this war, he said.

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