Ukraine announced that its army is ready to launch a counteroffensive against the Russian invasion

Ukrainian soldiers during training in the Donetsk region, Ukraine. (Roman Chop via AP) (Roman Chop/)

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikovsaid this Friday that the military preparations for the expected spring offensive against the Russian positions came to an end, anticipating a decisive phase of the war.

“The preparations are coming to an end,” Reznikov told a news conference in kyiv. “The equipment was promised, prepared and partially delivered. In a broad sense, we are ready,” he added.

During the winter, Ukraine repelled a Russian offensive in vicious but mostly static fighting across snowy fields pockmarked with artillery craters and ruined cities. Now it’s Ukraine’s turn to go on the attack.

Ukrainian soldiers trained in Germany to handle Leopard tanks and other weapons (REUTERS / Fabian Bimmer / File)
Ukrainian soldiers trained in Germany to handle Leopard tanks and other weapons (REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File) (FABIAN BIMMER/)

The news western weaponsLike the German Leopard 2 tanks and US mine-clearing vehicles, which could prove critical in assaults, are arriving in Ukraine. Thousands of recruits are training in newly formed units that are designed for offense. And the military command is preventing elite soldiers from participating in the worst of the fighting in the east, in the city of Bakhmut and its surroundings, to launch them into the upcoming campaign.

After more than a year at war, Ukraine is battle-hardened. “We are covered with 3 centimeters of stone,” one fighter, Lt. Ilya Samoilenko, said in a recent interview.

Defense Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov.  REUTERS/Yves Herman/File photo
Defense Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File photo (YVES HERMAN/)

Another Russian attack on civilians caused 12 deaths

This announcement from the Ministry of Defense comes after at least twelve people have been killed overnight by massive Russian missile attacks on the city of Umanin central Ukraine, and in Dnipro (east), the Ukrainian authorities reported this Friday.

The number of fatalities in Uman rose to twelve, official sources reported through the portal ukrinformwhile the rescue teams continue to search for the missing or survivors among the rubble.

The spokesman of the Ukrainian Presidency, Mikhailo Podolyakhighlighted in his twitter account that the Umán attack affected a block of multi-story buildings, “where families with children slept peacefully” and that, in addition to the fatalities, eleven people were injured.

In dniprothe mayor of the city, Boris Filatov, reported in the morning the death of a woman and her three-year-old son as a result of the Russian attack. the Ukrainian capital, kyivwas also hit by several missiles without victims being known for the moment.

The head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermakreported that Ukrainian air defenses shot down 21 of the 23 missiles that Russia launched last night, and called for sanctions on “countries that help Russia” to circumvent restrictions to “buy Western chips to produce missiles” with the to attack Ukraine.

However, the Ukrainian forces based on the western side of the dnipro river have been making frequent raids on the eastern shore near the city of Kherson to try to dislodge Russian troops, a regional official said on Tuesday.

Ukraine's President Volodimir Zelensky walks down a street, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, while visiting Kherson, Ukraine.  Presidential Press Service of Ukraine/Distributed via REUTERS
Ukraine’s President Volodimir Zelensky walks down a street, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, while visiting Kherson, Ukraine. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Distributed via REUTERS (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER/)

Russian forces have held the eastern side of the Dnipro near Kherson since withdrawing from the southern city in November after months of occupation, but are expected to Ukraine launches a counter-offensive in the spring to try to retake more territory.

Yuriy Sobolevskydeputy head of the Kherson regional administration, said the raids were aimed at reducing the combat capability of Russian troops that have been shelling the city of Kherson since they were forced to withdraw.

“Our army visits the left (east) bank very often, conducting raids. The Ukrainian armed forces are working and working very effectively,” Sobolevskiy told Ukrainian television.

“The results will come as they did on the right bank of the Kherson region when, thanks to a long and complex operation, they were able to liberate our territories with minimal losses for our military. The same is now happening on the left bank. “

Russia seized the Kherson region shortly after its full-scale invasion of Ukraine 14 months ago, and has continued to control all of the region’s territory east of the Dnipro ever since.

(With information from AFP)

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