Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reported on Saturday “counter-offensive actions” by his army on the front, while refusing to say if it was the big attack prepared for months by the general staff in Kiev.
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“Counter-offensive and defensive actions are taking place in Ukraine, and I will not talk about them in detail,” Zelensky told a news conference.
“You have to trust our soldiers and I trust them,” he added.
These comments follow those of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said on Friday that the great Ukrainian counter-offensive intended to push back troops from Moscow had begun.
The Russian army has reported large-scale attacks mainly on the southern front for six days.
Mr Putin, however, assured that the Ukrainian army had failed to “achieve its objectives” during these attacks and suffered heavy losses.
The Ukrainian authorities have for their part seemed to minimize the extent of the fighting on the front in recent days while remaining vague on their strategy.
On Saturday, the spokesman for the “Eastern” command of the Ukrainian army, Sergiï Tcherevaty, affirmed on television that the Ukrainian troops had managed to advance 1,400 meters around the devastated city of Bakhmout in the East, including Moscow claimed capture in May.