In fact, we have not seen a full-scale counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, only formative operations are taking place.
This was stated by Czech President Petr Pavel in an interview with Radio Liberty.
– We have seen the beginning, which was, let's say, restrained. I believe that we have not seen a full-fledged counteroffensive yet. Everything is still ahead. Taking into account my military experience, I would call it a formative operation," he said.
The Czech President shared his opinion that everything that the Ukrainian military cannot achieve this year will have to be postponed at least until next spring "with all the ensuing difficulties".
He noted that preparations for the counteroffensive lasted several months, "and this is quite normal", as it takes a lot of time to prepare large military forces, provide them with equipment, training, and obtain sufficient resources of all kinds. It also requires a lot of effort from all the people involved.
– So, even if we assess the counteroffensive from this technical point of view, preparing for a new offensive will again take a lot of time, – Petr Pavel emphasized.
He also added that countries see a "window of opportunity this year" and that means that "it will take at least three to four months before any other activity begins.