Ukraine will likely unleash its counteroffensive soon with tanks, drones and fresh troops. Kyiv badly needs some kind of success. The troops aren't only fighting the Russians – they also need to prove to the West that they are still worthy of support.
The Ukrainian officer sets up a Google Meet call just five minutes ahead of our interview, sending the link from quarters located somewhere in the southwestern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhzhia. He declines to say exactly where.