The Ukrainian counterattack has occupied political circles to a large extent during the last period, after there were conflicting reports about its history.
After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed a few days ago that his forces would not start a fight to expel Russian forces from eastern Ukraine soon, and the commander of the Russian Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, questioned these words, stressing that the counterattack had already begun, the Ukrainian response came again.
The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, announced to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Saturday, that his country is ready to launch its long-awaited counterattack against Russian forces.
Danilov didn’t give a date, but said the offensive to retake territory from President Vladimir Putin’s occupying forces could start tomorrow, the day after or a week later.
He also warned that the Ukrainian government has no right to make any mistake in the decision, because this is a “historic opportunity” that cannot be lost, as he put it.
The BBC stated that during the interview, which it described as a rare with Danilov, he received a phone message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky summoning him to attend a meeting to discuss the counter-attack.
It’s noteworthy that Kiev had recently intensified its demands for its Western allies to intensify and accelerate the sending of military aid, in order to launch its aforementioned attack against the Russian forces, in order to restore the occupied areas to the east.
Although it has received, during the past year and a half, many shipments of advanced weapons from the West, including tanks and armored vehicles, in addition to Western military training for its forces, it has not announced it yet.
While the Kremlin forces have established themselves in the eastern Ukrainian regions, with multi-layered defense lines that reach a depth of twenty kilometers.
Kiev’s counterattack is likely to encounter anti-tank minefields and trenches, among other obstacles.
Since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war on February 24, 2022, Kiev has pledged to restore all the territories controlled by Russia, including Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.
While the West, especially the United States, has lavished military aid on its forces.
What seems to have exacerbated the losses of both sides, amid Western assumptions that the casualties among the Russian army amounted to about 200,000, although Moscow has reservations about announcing the death toll, although it has repeatedly acknowledged that the ongoing military operation on Ukrainian soil is difficult.
Two drones damaged a building that manages a pipeline in the Pskov region in western Russia, as the local governor announced on Saturday, in a new incident that comes within a series of attacks carried out on Russian territory in recent days.
The explosion is the latest in a series of air strikes in Russia in recent weeks.
In the past weeks, information has intensified about drone attacks, especially in the regions bordering Ukraine.
On Friday, two drones damaged buildings in the center of Krasnodar, southern Russia.
Moscow held Kiev and its Western backers responsible for the increasing number of attacks and sabotage, while Kiev in general, denies these accusations.