The administration and military in Kyiv have moved quickly to end speculation of a growing rift between them over the progress of the military campaign and leadership strategy.
The Hamas-Israel conflict has been grabbing the headlines in recent weeks and has raised concern in Kyiv that support from the West may be diluted.
The narrative from the Kremlin and the Russian Defense Ministry is that the country’s position is safe and there is no need for any further mobilization this winter.
Officials in Washington and Brussels are claiming the Ukraine counteroffensive has been a success, while Moscow officials say it has been a failure.
Comments from President Zelensky suggest that Ukraine is making a greater effort to gain ground before the onset of winter. In a press conference today, he admitted that progress was difficult and slow.
There appears to be slow/little progress in the Ukraine offensive thus far. But Ukraine military commanders say they have started a more active phase which should show better results soon.
Kyiv and Moscow claim their forces are “winning”. The available independent news shows either very slow progress or a stalled offensive.
The newswires are swamped with reports and opinions about the progress, or lack of it, of the Ukrainian offensive. Most commentaries are politically biased at this stage with very little hard fact confirmation.
There are reports of a broader engagement between Ukrainian and Russian forces in several areas along the front line this morning. It is still unclear if this is the start of the expected major offensive – Kyiv officials say they are still waiting for more equipment.
There is a lot of media speculation and what appears to be deliberate misinformation from several sources. But there is no evidence of any major offensive starting yet.