Zelensky “Active counter-offensive underway”… ‘No comment’ on details (exhaustive)

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Joint press conference with Canadian prime minister admits counterattack by Ukrainian forces

“Tell Putin our military leadership is in a positive mood.”

Ukrainian President Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Kiev, the capital, on the 10th (local time). 2023.06.10

(Rome = Yonhap News) Reporter Shin Chang-yong = Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on the 10th (local time) that a counter-insurgency operation against Russian forces is underway.

According to Reuters and AFP, President Zelensky made the comments at a joint press conference held after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who visited Ukraine’s capital Kyiv on the same day.

The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned for the first time that the Ukrainian counter-offensive had begun, saying that “so far the Ukrainian regime has failed to achieve its objectives in any combat zone.”

When asked to comment on that, President Zelensky shrugged and acknowledged that Ukrainian anti-crime is underway, but declined to comment on specific progress.

“There is a monstrous and defensive operation taking place in Ukraine, but I will not go into detail at what stage,” he said.

After naming the top leaders of the Ukrainian armed forces one by one, Zelensky smiled with Prime Minister Trudeau, saying, “They are all in a positive mood. Tell Putin that.”

Ukraine has declared its hostility for months, but it has not been made clear whether it will launch a counteroffensive.

There have been reports that the Ukrainian army has launched a large-scale counteroffensive in the southeastern regions, including Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but Ukrainian authorities have remained silent and largely refrained from expressing a counterattack.

On the 8th, NBC News reported that the Ukrainian army had launched a counterattack, citing a high-ranking Ukrainian army officer and a front-line soldier, but Ukraine denied this.

“We have no such information (launching a countermeasure),” a Ukrainian Armed Forces staff member said when asked by Reuters about the content of the NBC report.

In contrast, Russia claims that Ukraine launched a massive offensive this week, which failed to break through its defenses and suffered heavy casualties.

Although it is difficult to determine which side currently has the upper hand, the Department of Defense Intelligence (DI) under the British Ministry of Defense said on the day that “Ukraine has carried out important operations in several areas in the south -east over the last 48 hours. ,” adding, “Russian forces in some areas are the first line of defense. There is a high possibility that the .

The DI said, however, “in other areas, progress in Ukraine has been slower”.

“While some units appear to have conducted credible defensive operations, others retreated in disarray, with reports of casualties mounting as they retreated through minefields set up by their forces,” said the DI.

Ukrainian President Zelensky and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after signing a bilateral agreement at a joint press conference following a meeting in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, on May 10 (local time). 2023.06.10

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