General Jack Keane believes that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his generals seized a “real military opportunity” by going on the offensive against Russian military forces. The Kremlin withdrew soldiers from northern and eastern kyiv after a month of fierce fighting.
General Keane told Fox News: “Zelensky and his generals realize this is a huge opportunity for them to go on the offensive and they have made some limited counterattacks and have been very successful in regaining territory.
“They want to increase that quite significantly and that requires different advanced weapons.
“They want long and medium range air defense systems, fighter jets, yes, maybe or something similar, that they can fly to support this offensive operation and the air defense systems would protect the area for that they support the ground forces.
“He wants artillery, he also wants tanks and other armored vehicles and his indications on some of them are coming in and also some kind of battery radar to deal with the Russian artillery which is very important at its scale. So it’s a different request.”
General Keane added: “He still wants javelins and darts and all the other stuff that’s been pouring in, but because we’re in a different phase here he needs different types of weapons.
“Now look, these kind of guns he’s asking for, it’s hard to get them now, I’m not saying it’s easy or anything like that.
“But it’s going to take a total effort. And we don’t want to waste the opportunity before us, it’s a real military opportunity that Zelensky and his generals are seizing, they have the imagination, they have the skills, and they have the will.
“They need the resources that are at the heart of what’s going on right now.”
Ukraine and its allies say Russia was forced to focus on eastern Ukraine after suffering heavy losses near kyiv.
Since sending troops on February 24 in what it calls a “special operation” to demilitarize its neighbor, Russia has failed to capture a single major city and has instead besieged urban areas, uprooting a quarter of the Ukrainian population.
Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar wrote on Facebook that “the entire Kyiv region is liberated from the invader.”
On Saturday, Ukrainian officials also reported Russian missile strikes in various parts of the country.