"Main event" in counteroffensive still to come says Reznikov, Ukraine advances around Bakhmut

Ukraine's Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov has said that the "main event" in their ongoing counteroffensive into Russian-occupied territories is still to come.

Speaking to the Financial Times on Wednesday (28 June), Reznikov said that Ukraine's main troop reserves have not yet been used in their counteroffensive, and that these reserves include most brigades recently trained in Western countries and equipped with modern NATO tanks and armored vehicles.

The recent liberation of a number of villages on the southern and eastern axes were a "preview" of what is to come. "When it happens, you will all see it... Everyone will see everything," Reznikov said.

He also said that Ukraine had main "certain gains" that the general staff had not reported so as to not expose positions. "Sometimes the Russians do not report to their leadership that they have lost a certain area or territory. They are afraid to report further to their superiors," Reznikov added.

Ukraine advances around Bakhmut

Separately, on Thursday (29 June), Ukrainian Armed Forces commander Denys Yaroslavskyi announced that "Bakhmut is fully controlled by the Armed Forces from the air, the occupiers are retreating from the northern streets."

"Defenders of Ukraine actually are working to take control of Klishchiivka and Berkhivka and its strategic heights near the city. After their capture, Bakhmut can be taken into an operational encirclement," he added.

source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: The Kyiv Independent

Related articles

Editor's choice
News
Borrell tells the European Parliament that the situation in Afghanistan was critical, but the EU will remain engaged

Borrell tells the European Parliament that the situation in Afghanistan was critical, but the EU will remain engaged

Borrell underlined that the European Union will make every effort to support the peace process and to remain a committed partner to the Afghan people. "Of course, we will have to take into account the evolving situation, but disengagement is not an option.  We are clear on that: there is no alternative to a negotiated political settlement, through inclusive peace talks.
Editor's choice
News
Taking forward the work on landmine action advocacy in the South Caucasus - report issued after consultation process

Taking forward the work on landmine action advocacy in the South Caucasus - report issued after consultation process

LINKS Europe has just published a report on the future of landmine action advocacy in the South Caucasus based on a consultation process with stakeholders between June 2023 and February 2024. The report focuses on the regional campaign "Landmine Free South Caucasus", which was implemented from October 2018 to December 2023. A formal consultation process was held from 15 January to 15 February 2024, through an open call to which anyone could reply. In the course of the consultation process LINKS Europe held 22 in-person meetings, 12 online meetings. and received written submissions from several partners. The report makes 12 recommendations on how the work can be organised in the future.

Popular

Editor's choice
News
Taking forward the work on landmine action advocacy in the South Caucasus - report issued after consultation process

Taking forward the work on landmine action advocacy in the South Caucasus - report issued after consultation process

LINKS Europe has just published a report on the future of landmine action advocacy in the South Caucasus based on a consultation process with stakeholders between June 2023 and February 2024. The report focuses on the regional campaign "Landmine Free South Caucasus", which was implemented from October 2018 to December 2023. A formal consultation process was held from 15 January to 15 February 2024, through an open call to which anyone could reply. In the course of the consultation process LINKS Europe held 22 in-person meetings, 12 online meetings. and received written submissions from several partners. The report makes 12 recommendations on how the work can be organised in the future.