The United States will send an additional $325 million security aid package to Ukraine, including air defense systems, HIMARS ammunition and armored vehicles, following the start of the Ukrainian counteroffensive, US Secretary of State Antony announced Tuesday. Blinken.

“I am authorizing our 40th provision for Ukraine, which will provide $325 million worth of US weapons and equipment. This security aid package includes critical air defense capabilities, additional ammunition for high-mobility artillery rocket systems, artillery shells, anti-tank weapons, armored vehicles, and other essential equipment to bolster Ukraine’s forces on the battlefield. Blinken declared.

Meanwhile, the destruction of Ukrainian Leopard-2 and Bradley IFVs comes as the long-awaited Kyiv counteroffensive is underway, with forces marching across the battlefield on several fronts, aided by tanks (MBT) and infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) donated by NATO.

On June 9, images of the advancing Ukrainian army’s further losses of Western materiel were posted on social media. In a set of images shared by an online war monitoring group, another abandoned Leopard 2A6 tank and a Bradley IFV with abandoned corpses of Ukrainian soldiers could be seen.

Meanwhile, an unverified video circulating on social media shows a Russian Ka-52 Alligator helicopter firing anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) at a suspected Bradley armored vehicle.

After the destruction of the first Bradley armored car was documented, a flood of visual evidence of other Bradley vehicles proliferated on social media.

However, to assure concerns, pro-Ukraine social media accounts and military observers stressed that Ukraine still has 98% of all modern NATO tanks and IFVs delivered when accounting for visually confirmed losses during the Ukrainian counteroffensive.

As the counteroffensive progresses, the number of tanks and IFVs lost could be reviewed. Pro-Russian military observers have calculated the number of Ukrainian losses to be much higher. Calculating the exact number of vehicles lost in the Zaporizhzia counteroffensive is impossible.

Iron Russian resistance

According to Ukrainian sources, heavy fighting has been seen on the front lines after the military launched its long-awaited counteroffensive. “Very tough battles” are being fought in the eastern Donetsk region, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, “but there is a result.”

He also praised the actions of the Ukrainian military on Bakhmut. “Good job. Step by step,” he said.

Although Ukraine has previously warned that no isolated move would serve as an official launch of the offensive, no official statement on the counteroffensive has yet been made. However, four service members told The Washington Post that Ukrainian forces increased their attacks in the southeast this week.

The offensive, which could last several months, will test the effectiveness of a plan devised by the United States to arm and train Ukrainian forces with increasingly advanced equipment. Judging from reports on the ground, fighting between the two sides is in full swing.

With both sides suffering heavy losses in the past five days, Ukrainian mechanized brigades are intensifying their assaults on Bakhmut in the Donetsk region and neighboring Zaporizhzhia. However, they appear to be meeting strong Russian resistance.

“Ukrainian forces carried out a limited, but still significant attack on the western Zaporizhzhia region on the night of June 7-8,” the Institute for the Study of War reported in its daily update. “Russian forces defended themselves against this attack doctrinally staunchly and appeared to have regained their initial positions as of June 8.”

According to the Washington-based think tank, a geotagged video indicated that Ukrainian forces had likely breached a first line of defense between Robotyne and Verbove, some 15 kilometers southeast of the major city of Orikhiv.

The Russian forces, however, appear to have forced the Ukrainian forces back to retake their original positions. Along the border between Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia districts, Velyka Novosilka is reportedly the scene of heavy fighting.

This is the same location where Ukraine recently lost its Leopard-2 tanks and Bradley IFVs.

EurAsian Times