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* Ukrainian forces are making steady progress in their counteroffensive.
* Though it isn’t moving as fast as many hoped, Kyiv is making progress, NATO’s top official said.
* Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine is “gradually” gaining a little over 300 feet of territory every day.
Three months into Ukraine’s counteroffensive, its forces are engaged in a brutal fight against Russia’s formidable and well-prepared defenses. The hard-won gains have been limited, but the Ukrainians are advancing, the top NATO official said on Thursday.
“The Ukrainians decided to launch the offensive because they are going to liberate the land. And they are making progress,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a joint committee meeting at the European Parliament. “Not perhaps as much as we hoped for, but they are gaining ground gradually some 100 meters (less than 330 feet) per day.”
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WNU Editor: Losing hundreds of soldiers per day and thousands of pieces of equipment since the start of the counteroffensive in June …. all to say that we are (maybe) advancing 300 feet per day?!?!?!?!?
Update: No kidding …. “No One Ever Said This Would Be Easy”: NATO Chief Defends Slow Ukrainian Progress (European Conservative). The problem is that last year many in the West were predicting that the Russian military and economy would collapse, and that the Kremlin would sue for peace.