Ukraine plans to hoard 'major areas of strength for million' to recover south, says safeguard serve

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Ukraine plans to hoard 'major areas of strength for million' to recover south, says safeguard serve


Newcomers to the Ukranian armed force being prepared by UK military staff at an army installation close to Manchester

Ukraine designs "major areas of strength for 1,000,000" outfitted with Nato weapons to retake the south of the country from possessing Russians, the guard serve says.

Retaking the regions around the Black Sea coast was crucial to the nation's economy, Oleksii Reznikov said.

In any case, the remarks are to a greater extent an energizing cry as opposed to a substantial arrangement, says the BBC's Joe Inwood in Kyiv.

The protection clergyman's comments come as Russia gains ground an in taking area in the eastern Donbas locale.

An assault on a block of pads on Sunday killed something like 22 individuals - with in excess of 20 dreaded covered under the rubble.

Heros are as yet searching for survivors at the site of the five-story working in Chasiv Yar, close to the city of Kramatorsk, in the Donetsk district which has been the focal point of a Russian push.

In his meeting with The Times paper, Mr Reznikov commended the UK for being "vital" in the progress from giving Ukraine Soviet-period weapons to Nato-standard air guard frameworks and ammo.

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He said weapons conveyances should have been accelerated.

"We want more, rapidly, to save the existences of our troopers. Every day we're hanging tight for howitzers, we can lose 100 officers," he said.

"We have roughly 700,000 in the military and when you add the public gatekeeper, police, line watch, we are around areas of strength for 1,000,000," protection serve said.


The devastated apartment block in Chasiv Yar, eastern Ukraine, 10 Jul 22IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
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Chasiv Yar: Bodies were recovered from the devastated apartment block

However, Dr Jack Watling, senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, cautioned against the figure.

"It's not a million-strong force that will be conducting a counter-attack," Mr Watling told the BBC.

"Normally you would want operational surprise when you launch a counter-attack, so announcing it publicly is partly about forcing the Russians to have to commit resources more widely to guard against this threat."

The comments come as three people were killed and 28 wounded after residential areas in the eastern city of Kharkiv were struck by Russian shells, the regional governor said.

There's always a danger when politicians directly intervene in military campaigns.

Oleksii Reznikov said an offensive to recapture some of the territory taken by Russia was "politically very necessary".

It's also economically important, not least to try to resume exports of Ukrainian grain via Black Sea ports. Ukraine may believe that while Russia focuses its military effort in the east, now is a good time to try to take back parts of the south.

But the truth is that much of Ukraine's military effort and resources are already being consumed by fierce fighting in the Donbas.

We have spoken to a number of units that have already lost more than half their troops and need reinforcements.

Ukraine's confidence has been boosted by the supply of more advanced long-range artillery systems - but still not in the number Ukraine says it need.

The question is whether Ukraine is really yet ready to conduct a major offensive in the south, while its forces try to halt Russia's advances in the east?

I've been told that Western politicians have already made clear to senior Ukrainian politicians and military commanders that now is not the time to try to launch a major counter-offensive.

It may be good for morale, but it could easily stall. So far Ukraine's counter-offensive operations around Kharkiv and Kherson have had limited success. They still need time to rebuild their army.

Russia's own initial invasion of Ukraine highlights the dangers of fighting on multiple fronts. It failed to achieve most of its objectives. It's only seen some success in the east by concentrating its forces.

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