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German General confident in Ukraine's victory in war with Russia: What it takes

German General confident in Ukraine's victory in war with Russia: What it takes Photo: Major General Christian Freuding (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Ukraine will win the war with Russia with the support of its partners. Ukrainian armed forces can do it, according to Major General Christian Freuding.

"It will end when Ukraine wins the war," says the general, who coordinates support for Ukraine at the German Defense Ministry.

Freuding explains his optimism by the belief that "the Ukrainian armed forces can do it."

"We are confident in the value of our support, we are confident in the unity of Ukraine's partners who have the perseverance to achieve this, to achieve the result that we all want," he says.

Situation on battlefield

According to the General, from the outside, it seems that there is stagnation at the front. "But this should not obscure the fact that both sides are conducting intensive operations and are sometimes fighting for every meter - with infantry and tanks, with drones, with artillery," Freuding says.

Both sides are trying to use long-range weapons to strike deep into the enemy's territory to destroy logistics and control capabilities and thereby achieve a psychological effect. "The most recent example was the sinking of a Russian warship in the Black Sea last week," he adds.

Freuding acknowledges that the ammunition supply to Ukraine is a critical issue. "However, there is more to it than just numbers. Most of the systems used by Ukraine are now much more accurate than Russian systems. This also means that you need less ammunition. And from Germany alone, we are likely to be able to more than double our supply of artillery ammunition this year," the General says.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy commented on the situation at the front in an interview with the Italian TV channel Rai1. Regarding the land component, he spoke of "stagnation" that "was formed due to delays in the supply of equipment." At the same time, he emphasized that naval operations had yielded positive results.