Ukraine will launch its long-awaited counterattack “very soon”, a Kyiv commander says, as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy calls for a faster supply of arms.
Zelenskiy warns war could last years without more arms
Ukrainian troops, on the defensive for months, will soon counterattack as Russia’s offensive looks to be faltering, a commander says, but President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warns that without a faster supply of arms, the war could last years.
The Ukrainian military said early on Friday 1020 Russian troops had been killed in the previous 24 hours as they launched unsuccessful attacks on the towns of Lyman, Avdiivka, Mariinka and Shakhtarske but their main focus was still the mining town of Bakhmut.
“The enemy has not stopped its assault of Bakhmut,” Ukraine’s General Staff said in a report.
Russian forces have for months been trying to capture Bakhmut as they seek to extend their control over eastern Ukraine, in Europe’s deadliest infantry battle since World War II.