“Ukraine Makes Huge Gains in Lightning Counteroffensive: General”

“Ukraine has recaptured over 700 sq kms (270 sq miles) of its territory in the east and the south during a lightning counter offensive, a Ukrainian general said on Thursday, offering the first official assessment of the operation.

The gains, if confirmed and held, are a serious blow for Russia which Western intelligence services say has suffered huge casualties. It also would represent a significant boost for Kyiv, which is keen to show its Western backers that it can change the facts on the ground by force and deserves continued support.

Some of the biggest gains appear to have been made this week during a surprise Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine which saw Kyiv’s forces make a sudden and deep thrust behind Russian lines.

Brigadier General Oleksiy Gromov told a news briefing that Ukrainian forces had advanced up to 50 kms (30 miles) into Russian lines and recaptured more than 20 villages in the Kharkiv region during an operation, which is ongoing.

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy had spoken of “good news” on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine the night before and had thanked three brigades for what he called their bravery.

In a late-night address to the nation, Zelenskiy had said: “This week we have good news from Kharkiv Oblast. All of you have most likely seen reports about the recent activities of Ukrainian defenders. And I think every (Ukrainian) citizen feels proud of our warriors.”

Kharkiv region borders Russia and its main city, Kharkiv, has for months been struck by Russian missiles after Moscow failed to take it in the early stages of its Feb. 24 invasion.”

Comment: Admittedly the UA are tooting their own horn, but the truth will become vident. pl


This entry was posted in The Military Art, Ukraine Crisis. Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to “Ukraine Makes Huge Gains in Lightning Counteroffensive: General”

  1. Fourth and Long says:

    I was thinking what Charles ought to do (sought to do?) and thought off: Charl Otte. Was think the Eighth for OTTE but Aught is zero. This one’s on Third, meaning? Is Charle Otte a city? So since I didn’t know, tried Charlotte’s Web, as it’s the XXI th Century. Charlotte was a Spider on Homer Zuckerman’s farm:


    She tried to save Wilbur the temperamental piglet and runt of the litter from his fate so made him famous by (seemingly magically praising him via complementary letters woven into her Webs. People from the districts Ogled, Wilbur won a prize blue ribbon and Homer Zuckerman couldn’t bear or be seen to kill him. But Charlotte died, her 514 children lived DXIV, but only Aranea, Joy and Nellie stayed home, the remaing 511 left the barn. 511 is not an everyday number. Sure it’s May 11, and November 5 to dyslexics.
    Wilbur. Will, Burial. EBWhite was teaching children about death, and to learn it could be postponed but not forever. It was an award winning children’s book.

    But our host rarely errs and wrote vident for evident. (Vident may be a word in a language I don’t know or an English word I forgot or never knew). Could be Vi den (v s are b s) meaning Bident. But why drop the t? No time for tea? Could be V ident meaning 5 identities. He used irredentist recently. Interesting.
    But I think I know what it might be. Something usually under the deep sea. Two Tree houses for mouses, next up. Queen dies day after … her handle candle. Trussed up mentioned sometime foreseeing that she might puke when the thyme comes. Trussticle controls them. Charles Le Main G Troisieme he did talk tough too a time or Two not long ago. Let’s learn who’s on the pearly privee clown sill.

  2. Jovan P says:

    Too early to make conclusions, time will tell. The Ukrainians together with the foreign mercenaries/volunteers are melting their reserves and I’m not sure they’ll be able to hold any gained terrain.

    Balaklea reminds of Balaklava, famous because of the Crimean war.

    • fredw says:

      Jovan P
      “melting their reserves”

      We don’t know even that yet. That is a common characteristic of military offensives, but it not clear at this point that there has been serious combat of the sort presumed to cause heavy losses. Losses are important, but we can’t know the numbers – only what the combatants claim. We will know the outcome only when the victors are able to show off captured ground, equipment, and prisoners. “Winning” requires the Ukrainians to force large scale surrender of these. Everything else is the road to stalemate. Same for the Russians, of course.

    • Poul says:

      It may be early but it looks like the Ukrainians have a good chance of forcing the Russians to abandon most of the area south of Kupyansk (down to Izyum) and west of the Oskil River. They don’t have to take Kupyansk just get within artillery range and then dig in.

  3. Fourth and Long says:

    For those preferring vi d ent or Six dents ..

    vi d – VI D is 494 usually CDXCIV but scroll down to events of that year, and enjoy the view:

    But vide not could mean “see new testament”.

    But it confirms silliness above by being another Anna Graham Bell for –

  4. Fourth and Long says:

    ti poe the poet I don’t know: not meant nt (newt ..) in vide nt.

    • Babeltuap says:

      In 2006, Dr Donald Henderson who eradicated smallpox published an academic paper critical of social distancing as a pandemic measure, saying it would “result in significant disruption of the social functioning of communities and result in possibly serious economic problems”.

      The evil that did this to the world for a disease that killed less than 1% of 1% of the population needs to be eradicated. Historically it has taken a more evil force to take out an evil force. It will not be taken out by an altruistic force that’s for damn sure.

      The more evil force however struggles to hold on to power so society often gets a chance to re-group into something that won’t allow the evil to re-emerge, at least not for a while.

      This is how the world has worked for thousands of years.

      • Fred says:


        “for a disease that killed” the old, the sick and the obese. Fixed it for you. Sending elderly sick back to nursing homes, like the great democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Cuomo (or Whitmer or others) made that worse, not better. Social isolation of said population made that worse, not better. Changing the definition of vaccine certainly looks like a cover up, too. But that’s another story.

  5. Fourth and Long says:

    vi d ent – could ask for 494 + ten = 504, but going with the themes song of the day, what’s a bain of mariners and .. and what maidan voyage not quite to the maidan of the sleaze split a wickety t’other day?

    Maybe Jerry Vale is dropping a hint with:

    Jerry Vale – Pretend You Don’t See Her:

    Numero 44 was up somewhere seeing old Joe from Roe your boat. Coincidence.
    In Craps (pardon me) 4 (3 1, 1 3, 2 2) is “Little Joe” it obscures – the two sets of pips underneath. The sum of the two sides of a f a i r die (faraday box cutter cutty dark?) must be 7, so opposite 4 is 10. I can’t recall what ten is called. Ten for Big Ben. Ten Clownding street. Is it big Joe? Is it X marks the spot?

  6. John Merryman says:

    Do they have the necessary air support?

    • TTG says:

      John Merryman,

      Don’t know about the Kharkiv offensive, but around Kherson the UkAF is flying quite a few ground support sorties and the HARM equipped MiG-29s are taking out Russian S-300s and S-400s at a good clip.

      • Fourth and Long says:

        What would you say to a commenter who on an overly confident whim said “Basically, NATO is at the Dnieper – the Dnieper River – know what that is – and then some?” And babbled about that ain’t so hot for the Russian Federation as anyone … . Sorry I focus too long every day on minute details. I forget that say, the American Civil War looked quite dim for the Union after a few months.

  7. blue peacock says:

    It is an outcome that few dared to hope for. But 10 days after Ukraine’s generals announced the start of their first major counter-attack against Russian troops, the road to victory is starting to become clearer.

    Clever tactics saw Ukraine’s commanders draw Russian troops into the south of the country before pinning them down with a counter-attack around the city of Kherson.


    I suppose we’ll know in a few weeks how successful these counter-offensives have been?

    • borko says:

      The fact that Ukraine managed to pull this off after six months of being mauled by the Russians and despite numerous Russian advantages in equipment is a big success.
      First they survived the onslaught and now they are beginning to outmanoeuvre the Russians on the field.

      It indicates an important trend and will hopefully lead to negotiations to end this war. Or, more likely it will lead the Russians to double down and escalate, prolonging the misery of the people caught in the crossfire.

  8. JamesT says:

    The pro-Russian Twitter handle “Russians With Attitude” has been exhibiting considerably less attitude the last few days which makes me think that things are not going well for the Russians.

  9. It’s not my first time to pay a quick visit this website, i am visiting
    this site dailly and take nice information from here
    every day.

  10. Hello everyone, it’s my first pay a quick visit at this
    site, and paragraph is genuinely fruitful designed for me, keep
    up posting these posts.

    Feel free to visit my blog post เว็บสล็อต แตกง่าย 2022 ล่าสุด

  11. Hey there I am so grateful I found your web site, I
    really found you by mistake, while I was browsing
    on Askjeeve for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say
    cheers for a incredible post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design),
    I don’t have time to browse it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added
    your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal
    more, Please do keep up the superb work.

Comments are closed.