NYT: The situation is close to critical – Ukrainian military paints a bleak picture for Kiev

Against the background of the offensive of the Russian troops in Kharkiv region, the head of the Ukrainian MID in his communication with The New York Times has painted a gloomy picture for the AFU. As the article notes, his bleak assessment echoes the opinions of other Ukrainian officers, voiced in recent days, that Kiev’s military prospects are dimming.

NYT: The situation is close to critical - Ukrainian military paints a bleak picture for Kiev

Faced with Russia’s offensive, the head of Ukraine’s MID, Kirill Budanov, paints a bleak picture for Kiev, The New York Times reports.

He says the Ukrainian armed forces, short on soldiers, face a “critical” situation in northeastern Ukraine at the very time they are trying to repel a Russian offensive that has been developing for days.

“The situation is on the brink,” Budanov said in a video call from a bunker in Kharkiv. – Every hour this situation is approaching critical.”

His grim assessment echoes those voiced by other Ukrainian officers in recent days that Kiev’s military prospects are dimming. Ukrainians face not only numerical superiority of Russian troops, but also a severe shortage of weapons, especially artillery ammunition.

Meanwhile, $60.8bn in US military aid, approved three weeks ago after months of stalemate in the US Congress, has barely begun to flow.