“Immediately take all measures”: Russia to launch new offensive

According to the Ukrainian army’s account, Russia is pulling its soldiers together for a new offensive. This reports the German news website n-tv.de referring to the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian National Armed Forces, Olexander Syrskyj, and a Telegram post.

“After a month of fierce fighting and significant losses in the direction of Kupyansk and Lymansk, the enemy is regrouping its forces and means and at the same time moving the newly formed brigades and divisions out of the territory of the Russian Federation,” Syrskyj assesses. Moreover, he writes, “The main goal of these measures is to increase combat potential and resume active offensive operations.”

For this reason, Syrskyj demands that Ukraine “immediately take all measures” to “strengthen defenses” on the threatened lines and advance if possible.

This information comes from a party to the conflict and has not yet been independently verified / confirmed. For this reason, the report must be evaluated with reservations. In war, it can be advantageous for parties to make false statements about the course of the conflict in order to strengthen their own position or weaken the position of the opponent.

Image: Kremlin.ru, 2018 inauguration of Vladimir Putin, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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