Fighting Escalates Along Frontlines in Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia
A significant escalation in fighting along the frontlines in the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions has been reported overnight. However, there has been no confirmation from Ukrainian officials that this marks the start of their long-planned counteroffensive.
Russia has claimed to have repelled a “major offensive” in the Donetsk region and to have killed hundreds of Ukrainian troops. However, these claims could not be independently verified. A Moscow-backed militia leader and Russian military bloggers have admitted that Ukrainian forces achieved a breakthrough at least one point in southwestern Donetsk.
Russia Claims to Have Repelled Major Offensive in Donetsk
Ukrainian officials have made no comment on the situation and have emphasized the need for secrecy about operations. Ukrainian military officers have predicted that any counteroffensive would be preceded and accompanied by feints and diversionary attacks to cause confusion in Russian ranks.
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