“As far as the war on the ground is concerned, there is stalemate. It is a fact. Why? Because something was missing. There have been delays in equipment and delays mean mistakes. We are fighting against terrorists who have one of the largest armies in the world, modern technical means are needed.” There are just a few days left until the second anniversary of the war in Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky describes the situation on the field in this way in an interview with Tg1. And he returns to reiterate the need for support – from Italy, Europe, the USA – underlining his warning: “because Putin could reach you”. Zelensky's admission follows that announced in the previous hours by the Ukrainian military leaders who had spoken of a “tense operational situation”. The commander of the ground forces, Oleksandr Syrsky, spoke. And precisely because of this “stall” in the counteroffensive, rumors continue to be heard about the possible replacement of the head of the armed forces, Valery Zaluzhny. The Ukrainian president, when asked directly on the issue, neither confirms nor denies it, but explains to Tg1: “A reset, a new beginning is certainly necessary. I'm thinking about this change”. And then he adds: “I mean a replacement of a series of state leaders, not just in a single sector such as the military.” Then he insists: “If we want to win we must all push in the same direction, convinced of victory, we cannot be discouraged. We must have the right, positive energy. This is why I talk about restarting, replacement”. Zelensky's reluctance to support Zaluzhny's call to mobilize up to half a million people, made last December, is seen as one of the main reasons for rising tensions between the two. For his part, Syrsky confirms the numerical superiority of the Russian forces, underlining that “the enemy continues to conduct high-intensity assaults and constantly brings in new reserves.” And he explains that “to resolve problematic issues of fundamental importance for the stability of the defense, the necessary instructions were given and the redistribution of forces and resources was carried out”. The “main priorities – he concludes – remain the effective conduct of intelligence, the coordinated use of all means of fire protection, the protection of our units through radio-electronic warfare and the preservation of the lives of our soldiers”.
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