Today, Sunday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it had prevented a major attack launched by Ukraine on June 4th.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that a large-scale offensive by Ukrainian troops in five sectors of the front in the direction of Donetsk in southern Ukraine was thwarted.
He also continued: “On the morning of June 4, the enemy launched a large-scale attack on five sectors of the front in the direction of Donetsk, during which he introduced the 23rd and 31st mechanized brigades of the strategic reserves of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. into battle with the support of military units and other units.
He added: “The aim of the enemy was, in his opinion, to break through our defenses in the most vulnerable parts of the front,” indicating that the attack was thwarted.
The representative of the Ministry of Defense indicated that the Ukrainian forces consisted of six mechanized battalions and two tank battalions.
Yesterday, on Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced his country’s readiness to launch a counteroffensive to return its lands.
Kyiv hopes this attack will change the course of a war that began with a Russian attack on its lands 15 months ago.
Washington is confident that it has met Kiev’s needs for a counteroffensive, White House spokesman John Kirby said, adding, according to a press statement on Friday, that “we have met all of Ukraine’s needs to launch an attack.” the attack time depends on the Ukrainians.
He also continued: “The United States and its allies have done a lot and are ready to do a lot in the coming weeks and months.”
What are the goals of the counterattack?
According to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, his country has a serious chance of achieving a breakthrough during the summer.
Regarding the targets of the attack, Reznikov clarified that in an interview with the French newspaper West France, saying: “To break the Russian resolve to win this war.”
Similarly, one of the aims of the counteroffensive is to return to Ukraine’s internationally recognized 1991 borders, including the Crimean peninsula.