Volodymyr Zelensky speaks of a counteroffensive “still to be finished” in eastern Ukraine

With the city of Donetsk, the scene of new Ukrainian bombardments, becoming the clearest example of kyiv’s advances in the north-east of the country, the president Volodymyr Zelensky In his last speech he reviewed the results of a successful counteroffensive that, he assures, does not end here. The war in Donbas still has many chapters to write.

“Perhaps right now it seems to some of you that after a series of victories we have a certain calm,” the Ukrainian president said in his evening speech. “But this is not a truce. It is a preparation for the next series. Because Ukraine must be free, all of it.”

From Russia, for their part, they confirmed that they had successfully repelled a kyiv offensive in the Kherson region. Through his spokesperson, Igor Konashenkovthe Russian Ministry of Defense speaks of at least 180 Ukrainian soldiers killed and numerous tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment totally destroyed.

From one side to the other and both the complaints and the information about successful attacks follow one another. kyiv reported Saturday that it had secured the eastern bank of the Oskil River, a natural break in the newly emerged front lines since the counteroffensive began.

In Kharkov, also on Saturday, Russian gunfire killed four doctors who were trying to evacuate a psychiatric hospital in the region, according to the governor. Oleh Synyehubovwhile in Donetsk five people have reportedly died under Russian fire in the last 24 hours.

Separatist forces in this region also reported a Ukrainian shelling of a prisoner-of-war colony in Olenivka, in which one prisoner was killed and four others wounded.

From the Institute for the Study of War, based in Washington, they affirm that the Russian troops in Donetsk continue to carry out “nonsense operations” in numerous towns, instead of reinforcing the front line. According to London, Moscow’s attacks against civilians could increase in the coming days, with the sole intention of “undermining the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.”

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