Ukraine is gearing up for a counter-offensive later this spring in an effort to drive Russian troops out of the south and east of the country. For many Ukrainians and their western supporters, it is seen as a decisive moment for Kyiv to achieve a battlefield breakthrough or risk leaving a stalemate that deters further US and European support and pushes Ukraine towards a painful compromise.
But Kuleba said the narrative of a make-or-break moment was dangerous for Ukraine, because if it faltered it would strengthen those in the west who want to push Kyiv into a compromise with Moscow.
“We should counter by all means the perception of the counter-offensive as the decisive battle of the war,” he said.
(Abgesehen davon, vergiss die Gegenoffensive, Selenskyj hat das schon über den Verlust von Bachmut gesagt.)