Situation on front line not a stalemate, says Ukraine’s army chief

Ukraine’s army chief said on Dec 18 the situation on the front line of the war in opposition to the Russian forces had not been able to get to a stalemate. In remarks printed in November, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi showed the war with Russia as heading towards a fresh stage of static and attritional fighting. Creating contrasts with World War I, he said a level of technology had been reached that “leaves us into a stalemate”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky later rejected there was a stalemate in the war.

Asked on Dec 18 whether he considered the battlefield situation now a stalemate, Gen Zaluzhnyi reverted “no”, Ukraine’s RBC media reported. He denied to make a remark on whether Ukraine plans counteroffensive operations over winter. “This is a war. I can’t say what I have decided, what we must do. Otherwise, it will be a show; not a war,” he was quoted as saying. A Ukrainian counter-offensive in 2023 has taken some steps in opposition to intensely entrenched Russian positions. A senior military commander told Reuters separately that front line troops were encountering shortages of artillery shells and had scaled back some military operations because of a shortfall of foreign assistance.