Ukraine backed to secure 'more victories' by Hertling
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Retired US Lt. General Mark Hertling has backed Ukraine to “counter poor Russian forces” in Ukraine in the coming months as fighting looks to continue around the strategic town of Bakhmutl. Mr Hertling is adamant that Ukraine can secure “more victories” against Russian troops given their combat readiness and training by Western militaries.
Mr Hertling told CNN: “Yeah, I think we’re gonna see because of a variety of factors Ukraine having a cross over the Dnipro river, Russia trying to force mobilise forces to the front.
“Some very good victories recently by Ukraine in both the Northeast and the Southeast. I
“think we’re going to see a little bit of slowing down, but Ukraine continues to defend well and fight and gain more ground.
“What we’re seeing and what’s been reported by both CNN and the Washington Post is this potential opportunity to train large numbers of Ukrainian forces at some of the US training areas
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“Which will create the capability for Russia for Ukrainian forces to counter what we’ve seen so far as very poor Russian tactics and capabilities.
“If Ukraine can train these large amounts of forces armed forces in combined arms operations, I think we’ll continue to see Ukraine getting more and more victories as the days go on.”
The retired US commander also believes Ukraine is “holding the upper hand” against Russia in terms of fighting in winter.
Temperatures are falling in Ukraine with soldiers on both sides facing fighting in freezing conditions.
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Mr Hertling told CNN: “The weather plays an equal part on both sides truthfully, but what you’re talking about is the preparedness and the discipline within the force.
“What we’ve seen in the Russian force so far is a lack of discipline, a lack of leadership, poorly equipped.
“They’re not prepared to address the kinds of things that are associated with winter warfare oil for equipment, the kinds of things you need to stay dry, the uniforms that will keep you warm.
“What NATO is providing Ukraine right now is the type of uniforms they need to sustain themselves.
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“They have the shelter, I saw a picture the other day of a Russian shelter that was basically saran wrap wrapped around trees just to keep the wind out. Ukrainians have tents, they have underground shelter.
“So the combination of equipment performance standards and discipline in my view, even though weather is equal to both sides will give Ukraine the advantage in this winter fight but it’s still going to be very tough.
“The other thing that’s important is during the winter, the daylight, certainly less time of daylight that you can fight.
“The Ukrainians have night vision devices that they can see during the nighttime. So you know all of those things play a part and I give the Ukrainians the upper hand and a winter fight in this case.”
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