It is remarkable how quickly the focus of Western attention has shifted from Ukraine to Israel.
As reported in recent interviews, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is dismayed by this change and is making efforts to remain relevant and draw attention back to his country.
However, media coverage has focused on the current situation in Israel instead of providing explanations for the lack of progress in breaching the Surovikin defense line in Ukraine.
One indication of Zelensky’s distress is that he has altered his apparel; instead of wearing military-style clothing like a green t-shirt or sweatshirt and tactical pants, he now chooses black for most public appearances, appearing as a shorter version of Johnny Cash.
With Western observers closely monitoring the Middle East, Russia is on the offensive and pushing Ukrainian forces back along the line of contact. Russian war correspondent Marat reports:
For example, yesterday near Kleshcheevka, on the right front of the Bakhmut defense, our paratroopers from the 106th division, which had been holding the defense here for more than four months, unexpectedly launched a counterattack, occupying several enemy strongholds. The same is true in the Rabotino sector – the 1430th and 70th regiments, who heroically fought here for many days, have been conducting regular counterattacks for the third week.
On the one hand, this speaks of the good shape that our army is in, and on the other hand, it completely dispels the myths of Ukrainian propaganda about our great losses.
Units that suffer heavy losses are simply physically unable to instantly go from defense to offense. Even if they are regularly replenished with new recruits.
And now, in fact, this sends the Ukrainians into an ever greater panic – they are beginning to understand that with their tactics of endless suicidal counterattacks and obstinacy on every piece of land, they provoked Russia into creating an army of such power that is now beginning to roll them into flat cakes.
Once again, the enemy provoked this himself.
The United States and NATO have been unable to supply Ukraine with the weapons it needs. Israel has taken priority, leaving few resources for Ukraine’s defense.
Furthermore, the Institute for the Study of War is reluctantly admitting that Russia is making advances in its campaign against Ukraine.
Ukrainian forces have suffered significant losses over the last four months without adequate reserves to replenish them. Despite these challenges, NATO continues to provide some support, though not at the level previously seen.
Meanwhile, U.S Congress members are debating whether or not to send defensive equipment such as HIMARS batteries and tanks to a Ukrainian Army they believe cannot effectively resist Russian aggression.