In a significant development amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has confirmed that Ukraine has successfully recaptured approximately 50% of its territory that was seized by Russia during the invasion. The counter-offensive efforts have been marked by determination and resilience as Ukraine continues its fight to reclaim its occupied land.
Russia’s Ambitions Fail: Half of Occupied Territories Retaken by Ukraine
According to Blinken, Russia’s ambitious invasion plans have already failed, and Ukraine has dealt a blow to Putin’s objective of erasing Ukraine from the map and subsuming it into Russia. Despite facing challenges, the counteroffensive has made progress in retaking control of the occupied territories.
Challenges in Counteroffensive Progress
While Ukraine has made significant strides in recapturing some villages in the south and territory near Bakhmut in the east, major breakthroughs against heavily defended Russian lines are yet to be achieved. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had earlier remarked that the progress of the counteroffensive against Russian forces was slower than desired.
Ukraine’s Hopes for US-Made F-16 Fighter Jets
Ukraine has long been seeking US-made F-16 fighter jets, and Blinken believes that the country will eventually receive them. However, the focus is on ensuring proper training and maintenance of these aircraft to utilize them effectively. A coalition of 11 nations is set to initiate pilot training in Denmark in August, with a training center to be established in Romania.
US Military Aid to Ukraine
Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion in February 2022, the United States has provided Ukraine with over $41 billion in military aid, demonstrating its support in the ongoing conflict.
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