Ukrainian servicemen at a recaptured position near Klyshchiivka village, south of Bakhmut, Donetsk region on July 13, 2023. (Photo by Anatolii Stepanov / AFP)
Ukraine’s grinding offensive is slowly gaining ground at the price of a continuous flow of dead and wounded. Soldiers say they will fight on but morale is suffering with no quick end in sight.
Front-line Ukrainian soldiers told Kyiv Post their units are suffering from poor morale because of constant and accumulating losses, sometimes poor support and limited summer offensive ground gains against a tough and deeply dug-in Russian opponent.
Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) enlisted soldiers in individual interviews said slow, deliberate assault tactics currently used by Ukrainian military that have left individual fighters strongly suspecting they will be hit, and possibly killed, well before a break-through on the front could take place.
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WNU Editor: I do not call seizing empty fields and a few small towns after almost 2 months of heavy fighting as an advance.