May 29, 2023

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) Valery Zaluzhny will not take part in the meeting of the NATO military committee. He explained his refusal by the difficult operational situation. This was told by the head of the military committee of the Alliance, Lieutenant-Admiral Rob Bauer.

He said that the day before he had received a letter from Zaluzhny. “His participation is not possible even via videoconferencing due to the difficult operational environment,” Bauer said. His words quotes RIA Novosti on Wednesday, May 3.

The Ukrainian side at the meeting will be represented by the military representative of Kyiv in Brussels. He will report on the operational situation.

At the end of April, Zaluzhny met with Christopher Cavoli, commander of NATO’s joint forces in Europe. The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine told him about the situation at the front, possible scenarios for the development of further actions and threats to the Ukrainian army.

Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov at the same time declared readiness Kyiv to counteroffensive. He noted that the Ukrainian side received enough modern weapons from the allies.

At the same time, as Politico reported on May 3, Kyiv keeps the details of its spring counter-offensive secret from the allies. Thus, it is supposed to prevent the leakage of confidential information that could jeopardize the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the battlefield.

As it became known the day before, the final plan of the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian troops until approved. Several options are currently being considered.

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