The US reportedly played a crucial role in shaping the current Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kherson. A US media report claims Washington urged Kyiv to keep the operation limited to avoid getting bogged down on multiple fronts. Western officials also highlighted Kyiv’s advantage in terms of morale, unit cohesion, tactical acumen, and ability to improvise on the fly. For months Ukrainian officials have hinted that an attack in the south is imminent. A senior NATO official claims that Ukrainian attacks certainly impacted Russia’s ability to move north and south across the Dnieper river. US and Ukrainian officials reportedly said that Kyiv was initially considering a broader counteroffensive.