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Polish PM says Ukrainian counteroffensive will be ‘very difficult’ due to Russia’s 'brutal force'

27.03.2023 07:00
The Polish prime minister has cautioned that the much-anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive against Russian forces will be “very difficult,” saying that “the big potential and brutal force of the Russians cannot be underestimated.”

Mateusz Morawiecki made the assessment in an interview with The Wall Street Journal newspaper, published on Sunday, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

According to the WSJ, after months of new weapons deliveries from the West, Ukraine is poised to strike back at Russia’s invasion forces in the coming weeks, but big unknowns remain.

The US paper said that weapons and training from NATO allies would be pivotal.

Assessing the potential of both sides, the WSJ wrote that Kyiv’s forces were more motivated and, in some cases, better armed than Moscow’s troops, but Russia has had months to prepare for a Ukrainian counterattack and shown greater willingness to expend lives and materiel.

The US daily quoted Poland’s Prime Minister Morawiecki, who emphasised the challenge facing Kyiv's forces.

“This is going to be very, very difficult,” Morawiecki stated in an interview.

“The big potential and brutal force of the Russians cannot be underestimated,” he added.

Mateusz Morawiecki przed szczytem UE w Brukseli. Mateusz Morawiecki. Photo: PAP/EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

According to military strategists quoted by the newspaper, for Ukraine to succeed against Russia’s deeper resources and entrenched defences, Kyiv would need a combination of skill and luck, finding and quickly exploiting weak points of the enemy.

According to US strategists, Ukraine will probably launch a big attack—or multiple smaller attacks—using ground-based precision long-range weaponry including rockets and artillery, much of which has been donated by Western allies, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Monday is day 397 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: PAP, The Wall Street Journal