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ChatGPT | Top NATO commander: Russia's offensive won't succeed, 16 May
"I know the Russians don't have the numbers necessary to do a strategic breakthrough," Christopher Cavoli told reporters after a meeting of the alliance's defense chiefs at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

"They don't have the skill and the capability to do it, to operate at the scale necessary to exploit any breakthrough to strategic advantage," said the U.S. general, but added: "They do have the ability to make local advances and they have done some of that."

Cavoli's assessment comes from "very close contact with our Ukrainian colleagues, and I'm confident that they that they will hold the line," he added. Despite Russia pressing along the frontlines with Ukraine and recently launching an attack near Ukraine's second city of Kharkiv, Cavoli said he was uncertain that this was Moscow's full-scale summer offensive.

"What we don't see is large, large numbers of reserves being generated someplace," he said. Cavoli added that it's difficult to know if Russia's effort has run out of gas.

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president.gov.ua | We managed to give confidence to the direction of Volchansk, but the Russian shelling does not stop, there are threats-the President's address (16.05.24)
We held a meeting of the Headquarters in Kharkiv: That is, all aspects of the situation. In detail—about the fighting in Kharkiv region and the protection of people, our positions, the needs of units that protect our positions. Today, in particular, the head of the administration of Volchansk was injured. Our counterattack operations continue—they continue in other areas in the border regions of Kharkiv, and our results in repelling the assaults, in destroying the occupier should become more. After returning to Kiev, I spoke with Polish Prime Minister Tusk about our needs, about Patriot systems that could significantly change the situation in the Kharkiv direction.
ukrinform | Zelensk*: Russia won't occupy Kharkiv if Ukraine gets two Patriot systems
...Asked by a journalist whether America is to blame for what is happening in Kharkiv, Zelensk* answered: "It's the world's fault. They gave the opportunity for Putin to occupy (Ukrainian territory - ed.) But now the world can help."...
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by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 12:13:55 AM EST
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