Russia's withdrawal was ordered and sanctioned by the state

Russia’s withdrawal was ordered and sanctioned by the state

Ukraine has begun to retake territory captured by Vladimir Putin’s army, which is why some are already calling this a turning point in the war. However, a Western official says it is too early to give a verdict on that.

Ukraine’s advance is not a turning point in the war

A Western official, who preferred to remain anonymous, said it was too early to give a verdict on Ukraine’s advance in the war that began on February 24.

In his view, “It’s too early to say whether this is a turning point in the war, but it is a moment that has power both in terms of operations … and in terms of psychology,” the official told reporters.

He also said, according to international media, that there is a debate about why Vladimir Putin’s army withdrew. However, he says that the reason could be strictly military.

Thus, “There is an ongoing debate as to the nature of the Russian withdrawal, but it is likely that, in strictly military terms, it was a withdrawal, ordered and sanctioned by the General Staff, rather than a total collapse,” he said. he declared.

Ukraine has recaptured dozens of cities

After Russian troops left their main stronghold in northeastern Ukraine on Saturday, Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s troops recaptured dozens of towns. The withdrawal of troops from the Kremlin is considered the worst defeat since the beginning of this armed conflict.

In his statements, “Obviously, it seems very dramatic. It is a vast area of ​​land. But we have to keep in mind that the Russians have made some good decisions in terms of shortening their lines and turning them into more defensible lines, sacrificing territory to do so,” the official said, adding that he does not expect Russia should immediately try to recover the lost territory.

The official also stated that there is a possibility that Russian troops will return to Kharkiv, but not in the near future.

So, “They’re already stretched, they’re facing attacks on multiple fronts, so I think they’ll be looking to consolidate… will they try to return to Kharkhiv in the future? Potentially, but certainly not in the immediate period,” says the official, according to Reuters.

The Russians could be forced to withdraw

In addition, another source within the American services stated that the Russian soldiers could be forcibly withdrawn, in the shortest possible time, from the territories they have occupied for seven months now.

In late August, the Ukrainian military launched a successful counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region that disrupted the Kremlin’s advance plans. In the conditions in which the Ukrainian front is now, there is a great possibility that the troops will capitulate, informs The Washington Post.