New rains have delayed the expected start of Kiev’s offensive in southern Ukraine, according to Russian authorities in the Moscow-controlled part of Zaporizhya.
“Wet, unstable weather has arrived again,” Yevgeny Paletsky, the head of the administration in the Russian-captured part of Zaporizhya, told Russian television on Monday… The ground must be drained 10 to 12 centimeters for the technology to pass over it”.
However, he said the counterattack could begin at any moment”.
Last Friday, the Russian administration began evacuating towns near the front in the Zaporizhya region, including the town of Enerhudar, where the Zaporizhya Nuclear Power Plant is located.
Paletsky spoke of a temporary resettlement of the population for the sake of what he called the safety of the population.
In the same context, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky equated his country’s current defense with the fight against Nazi Germany in World War II.
“Today, on May 8, when the world remembers the phrase / Never again / We in Ukraine give meaning to these words,” Zelensky said in his daily video address on Monday evening.
Zelensky added that it’s not only about remembering, but also about protecting values and defeating aggressors.
Europe commemorates the end of World War II on May 8.
“The success of the Ukrainians in defending against Russian aggression is certainly an antidote to other aggressions,” Zelensky said. He added that the world can see how a free people protect themselves from invaders”.
Zelensky continues,”If we can do it, others can do it”.
In light of the Russian drone attacks largely averted, Zelensky thanked the anti-aircraft defense but did not say much about the expected Ukrainian attack.
He spoke only of good news about ammunition supplies, without giving details.
The supply of ammunition has been a major problem for both warring parties for months.
He also called for faster demining.
In Ukraine, 170,000 square kilometers, roughly half the size of Germany, are contaminated with mines.
It usually takes decades to clear land from mines, he said, but it must be faster.