According to him, the publication of the Ukrainian military caused panic among Ukraine's Western partners.

"I got a call from one of the heads of the leaders' cabinets, and they asked in a panic: 'What should I report to my leader? Are you really stuck?" Is this the effect we wanted to achieve with this article?" RIA Novosti quoted Zhovkva as saying.

The official added that Zaluzhnyi's article raised many questions among the Ukrainians themselves.

Earlier, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhnyi, said in an interview with the British magazine The Economist that the Ukrainian conflict had reached a stalemate, and therefore the Armed Forces of Ukraine would not be able to achieve a breakthrough.

Alexei Chepa, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, in an interview with RT, expressed the opinion that with his statement, Zaluzhny acknowledges the complete failure of the counteroffensive.

The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that the conflict in Ukraine has not reached an impasse.