NATO alert in Ukraine: “The counter-attack window is closing” – “Reassurances” & pressure for the supply of F-16 fighters

NATO alert in Ukraine: “The counter-attack window is closing” – “Reassurances” & pressure for the supply of F-16 fighters

Ukraine’s steady advance on Bakhmut flanks – Countdown to G7 summit to discuss F-16 procurement – Czech president warns Kyiv is running out of time for major offensive operations

Czech President Petr Pavel warned that Ukraine’s window for major offensive operations against Russian occupation troops will be closed again in the fall and urged NATO states to provide Ukraine “all necessary equipment and ammunition” before spring becomes summer.

Speaking at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit in the Danish capital on Monday, Pavel —who previously served as Chairman of the NATO Military Commission and Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces— said the allies should not wait to send heavy weapons to Ukraine.

“Ukraine has the opportunity to launch a major counter-offensive this summer, and the window is now narrowing”declared the Czech president in Copenhagen. “The later the contributions arrive, the less useful they will be, because in the fall, major military operations will again be stopped due to weather and terrain conditions.” “To make good use of the window of time available, we should have provided Ukraine with all the necessary equipment and ammunition by spring at the latest”added Pavel.

kyiv has been preparing its next counter-attack for several months. Western heavy armor, other vehicles, long-range missiles, drones and massive amounts of ammunition have arrived to support Kiev troops. with Ukrainian deep strikes targeting Russian logistics and command centers with the aim of eroding Moscow’s capabilities.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops are also taking ground around the devastated eastern town of Bakhmut. Russian commanders reportedly tasked elite airborne troops with containing the advance. It remains to be seen where Ukraine’s main push will take place, likely supported by Western platforms such as Leopard 2 tanks and American-made Bradley infantry fighting vehicles.

Observers assume that an attack from the south across from the Zaporizhia front to occupied Melitopol could cut off the land bridge from Moscow to Crimeawhile others have suggested that Kyiv may choose to push deeper into the northeast Lugansk region.

Steady progression around Bahamut

kyiv’s forces advanced around Bakhmut and blocked the Russian advance west of the city of Donetskaccording to British defense officials.

THE UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) said on Tuesday that troops from the Wagner mercenary group led by Yevgeny Prigozhin were making “gradual” progress in clearing Ukrainian positions in the city center which had been fighting for months. But over the past four days, Ukrainian troops have also “to make steady progress in stabilizing the Bahamut sides to their advantage.”

Ukrainian forces advanced south of the city and forced the Russian front line to turn northwest. This probably allowed the kyiv troops restore safer use of a key supply routesaid the British defense briefing. “Ukraine holds the western origins of Russia along the line of the Donets-Donbass Canal”which transforms the stream into “part of a deep defense zone” around the town of Chasof Yar, about six miles to the east.

Meanwhile, Yuriy Shak, adviser to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, said kyiv wanted up to 50 F-16 fighter jets. It’s a demand Ukraine hopes will top the agenda of the G7 summit in Japan, which begins on May 19. Shaq told Politico he received “assurances” from Western leaders that they will discuss the issue in the coming days. Poland and Slovakia have already given Ukraine Soviet-era MiG-29s, but the Ukrainians are asking for American-made F-16s.

On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who said that equipping Ukraine with fighter jets was “not an easy task”. However, the UK would play a key role among kyiv’s allies by providing military support.

This comes after the Ukrainian capital was hit by an “extremely intense” airstrike on Monday evening, according to the Kyiv City Military Administration. He said the Russian forces were probably they used drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in several directions.

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