Volodimir Zelensky assured that the Ukrainian counteroffensive to recover territories occupied by Russian troops is already underway

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky (Press Service of the President of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS) (PRESS SERVICE OF THE PRESIDENT/)

Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelenskyaffirmed this Saturday that the expected counteroffensive to recover territories occupied by Russian troops is already “on going”, although without revealing the scope or details about its status.

The Ukrainian leader stated that would not give information about “the state” in which this military operation is, to questions formulated during a joint press conference with the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeauwho arrived in kyiv this Saturday on a previously unannounced visit.

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, assured yesterday that the counter-offensive had already begun, to then add that the Ukrainian attacks of the past days on the front had “failed”. Since kyiv had not confirmed until then a start of such operations.

In his press conference with Zelensky, Trudeu announced a new military aid package for Ukraineas well as the participation of his country in the Ukrainian pilot training in handling F-16 fighter jets.

This new aid package will be 500 million dollarsreported the portal ukrinformand will include 299 AIM-7 air defense missiles, according to the portal Ukrainianwhich refers these details to a Canadian government statement from Ottawa, coinciding with the visit.

Justin Trudeau with Volodimir Zelensky (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
Justin Trudeau with Volodimir Zelensky (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko) (VALENTYN OGIRENKO/)

The North American country is also participating in the organization of a logistics and maintenance center in Poland for Leopard tanks supplied by Western allies to Ukraine.

The Canadian delegation’s visit comes as Zelensky is reinforcing efforts to alleviate the effects of the flooding caused by the blowing up of the Kajovka dam and while intense fighting is taking place on the front lines.

In another order, at least three dead and 26 injured he left a Russian rocket attack and Drones occurred in residential areas of the Ukrainian region of Odessain the south of the country, according to official sources.

The Odessa Regional Military Administration denounced attacks carried out by Shahed-136 and Shahed-131 kamikaze drones.

The area’s air defense destroyed the aircraft, but its fragments hit a residential building in the region, causing a fire that was controlled shortly after.

Among the 26 wounded there are three children in reserved prognosisaccording to the provisional balance of the administration, collected by the Ukrainian portal Royal Gazette.

This Friday Russian troops attacked Kherson during ongoing evacuation efforts after the collapse of the Kakhovka daminjuring three people, including a girl.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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