But some analysts say the progress may be too little too late. The fighting is taking place on mostly flat, unforgiving terrain, which favors the defenders. The Russians are battling from concealed positions that Ukrainian soldiers often see only when they are feet away. Hours after Ukrainians clear a field of mines, the Russians sometimes fire another rocket that disperses more of them at the same location.
Under American war doctrine, there is always a main effort to ensure that maximum resources go to a single front, even if supporting forces are fighting in other areas to hedge against failure or spread-out enemy defenses.
🎥 Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has told critics of his country's counter-offensive to "shut up" and compared criticism of the offensive's pace to "spitting into the face" of the Ukrainian soldiers sacrificing their lives. pic.twitter.com/Fu73LK3BUw— DW Europe (@dw_europe) August 31, 2023