Russia said on Monday it had repelled a Ukrainian “large-scale offensive” in the Donbass, after months of announcing it was preparing a major counteroffensive without Kiev, and immediately confirmed the move.
“On the morning of June 4, the enemy launched a full-scale offensive in the front five divisions in the direction of the southern Donetsk region,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, without specifying the location, from the battle. .
“The enemies did not achieve their goal, they did not succeed,” he added, along with a video showing aerial footage of Ukrainian armored vehicles in the process of being destroyed by Russian forces.
According to the ministry, the commander-in-chief of the Russian army, General Valery Kurasimov, “was in one of the forward command positions in this direction during this period”.
Ukrainian officials did not immediately comment on the events. Kyiv has been saying for months that it is preparing a major counteroffensive against Russian forces. In a video released on Sunday, the Ukrainian military appeared to call on soldiers to remain calm and said there would be no announcement of the start of the long-awaited offensive.
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