Later on in the episode, the FT’s Ukraine Correspondent Christopher Miller gives his ground-level opinion on Ukraine’s ongoing counter-offensive:
I think with this counter offensive, it started much later than anticipated.
The Ukrainians were really trying to come up with a as much of a detailed battle plan as they could while waiting for as much Western weaponry to arrive as they could. At some point they decided, “Okay, we have to move now”. And I think it was because a lot of Western supporters, the United States in particular, was saying to Kyiv, “You need to get moving now”.
They needed to see results or returns on their investment, but also, they were saying every day you take to prepare, the Russians are also taking to prepare their defences.
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