Western officials believe Ukraine has been carrying out deep strikes and stockpiling some ammunition ahead of an expected counteroffensive in the coming months.
“Some of those deep strikes against Russian [positions in southern Ukraine] are a preparation for any kind of future offensive,” the officials said. “We have seen consistently throughout the campaign is the Ukrainians have been very adept at targeting those accurate HIMARS systems against specific Russian targets.”
The officials also said Ukraine would be stockpiling ammunition ahead of a counteroffensive, but they hadn’t noted any shortages that would have limited day-to-day operations.
“We're not seeing them in a position where they're having to constrain their operations, through shortages of munitions,” the officials said. “They obviously want to stockpile at the moment because they’re preparing for an offensive, so they need to have those assurances of supply in order be able to sustain the offense.”
“From what we see, they’re receiving those supplies at the moment,” they added.