The main adviser to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, admitted “tactical errors” in the counteroffensive to recover territories seized by Russia.
Fueled by Western weaponry, the counterattack was touted by Kiev last year as a path to victory but has so far produced no change in the status of the war.
“The counteroffensive left a certain negative residue. There were tactical errors that both the military and political command talk about,” said Mykhailo Podolyak, Zelensky’s advisor, in an interview with Ukraine’s Channel 24.
The statement comes amid rumors about the possible dismissal of Army chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi due to dissatisfaction with the results of the counteroffensive.
“Ukraine must change its tactics,” admitted the advisor, adding that decisions on replacing military leaders rest with the “commander in chief”, that is, Zelensky. “These positions are not elective or political,” he said.
According to Podolyak, the only way to “punish Russia for all its war crimes is to prevent it from winning.” “This is a big, long-term, large-scale war,” he stressed.