In Ukraine’s victorious offensive, US weapons and partisans both played a part.
Ukrainian military officer standing on Kharkiv’s Liberation Square, Izyum. He isn’t at all the gruff special operator cliché in person, Sidorenko was laid-back and easygoing as he talked with Military Times on a night made darker by the frontline city’s blackout, recalling how he’d visited Apache Junction, Arizona, as a youngster. Sidorenko, the leader of the Azov special forces unit in Kharkiv, is now relishing Ukraine’s recent triumph over Russia in the neighboring region, which Russia had held since virtually the start of the war seven months ago. Sidorenko attributes part of the success to the US-supplied HIMARS which played a critical role in the destruction of key Russian commands post.