Czech President Petr Pavel has said that the offensive of the Defense Forces is not developing as Ukrainians expected due to insufficient Western support, and that the winter will be "difficult" for Ukraine. He said this at the opening of a meeting of army commanders in Prague, Denik reports.
According to him, the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is not developing as Ukrainians expected, as the assistance of partners was not massive and fast enough. He noted that the time to prepare for the offensive allowed Russia to prepare very well for defense.
"The supply of weapons that Ukraine needs to succeed is still stagnant and even now does not reach the required level. Ukrainian soldiers themselves are understandably feeling not only tired but also increasingly frustrated with Western support. They feel that we are abandoning them," Pavel said.
According to him, Russia has been able to supply its troops with more weapons and ammunition than the West has been able to supply Ukraine.
"The winter will certainly be difficult for Ukraine," Pavel said, drawing attention to the country's destroyed energy infrastructure.