The training of Ukrainian troops by the US and its allies in Europe did not properly prepare Kiev’s forces for what they faced during the summer counteroffensive against Moscow’s troops, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing Western military analysts and Ukrainian soldiers.
So far, the Ukrainian military has “not achieved the desired decisive breakthrough,” FT reported, adding that some Western officials believe that Kiev has failed to use the opportunities offered by massive Western military aid at a time of “possibly peak political support.”
According to the paper, some US officials have privately complained that Ukrainian troops “failed during training to master modern operations that combine mechanized infantry, artillery and air defense.”
Ukraine’s losses early into the offensive were “unsustainable,” FT reported, adding that they amounted to “nearly a fifth of the NATO kit provided for the counteroffensive” in late May and early June alone. Such setbacks forced Kiev to change tactics and go back to an “attritional approach.”