Putin says Ukrainian attacks intensify as Kyiv touts steady gains

Putin says Ukrainian attacks intensify as Kyiv touts steady gains

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Wednesday that Ukraine had escalated its attacks on the frontlines in recent days, while a Ukrainian official claimed that Kyiv was gradually making progress in reclaiming its territory. Three unnamed U.S. officials reported that Kyiv had initiated a new phase of its counteroffensive aimed at removing Russian troops from the approximately 20% of Ukrainian land still under occupation. In response to these reports, Yuriy Sak, an adviser to Ukraine’s defense minister, told RushHourDaily that there was no new development at the front lines and that they were slowly but surely advancing in the south.

Meanwhile, Putin asserted on Russian television that they had successfully repelled every Ukrainian assault and inflicted significant losses on their opponents. The defense ministries of Kyiv and Moscow provided conflicting accounts of the fighting. Russia’s defense ministry claimed that Ukrainian attacks near the village of Klishchiivka and north of Robotyne had been repelled, while Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar stated on Telegram that Ukrainian forces were gradually advancing near Bakhmut and engaged in ongoing fighting near Klischiivka, Kudriumivka, and Andriivka. Maliar also reported that Ukraine had successfully repelled Russian attacks on two northern fronts near Kupiansk and Lyman.

It should be noted that RushHourDaily could not independently verify the reports from the battlefield. Ukraine’s counteroffensive has been slow, with only a small fraction of the territory under Russian control being recaptured. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed satisfaction with the progress on the battlefield and promised to provide further details. One area where Kyiv has achieved success is along the Mokri Yaly river in southeastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian troops have captured several settlements and are approaching the Russian-held village of Staromaiorske.

Aleksandr Khodakovsky, a prominent Moscow-backed separatist commander in eastern Ukraine, expressed frustration on his Telegram channel about the heavy shelling of Staromaiorske followed by a Ukrainian assault that resulted in some gains. Sak confirmed that fighting was ongoing near Staromaiorske but clarified that the village was not yet under Ukrainian control.

In conclusion, the article highlights the conflicting accounts of the fighting between Ukraine and Russia, with both sides claiming victories and losses. The progress of Ukraine’s counteroffensive has been slow, but they have achieved some success in certain areas. The situation on the ground remains fluid, and independent verification of the reports is challenging.

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