Ukraine’s counteroffensive move against Russia will succeed: Zelensky
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, is confident that the country’s counteroffensive against Russia will end in victory despite an “unprecedented” barrage of missile and drone attacks in recent weeks. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Zelensky said, “We strongly believe that we will succeed. I don’t know how long it will take. To be honest, it can go a variety of ways, completely different. But we are going to do it, and we are ready.” Ukraine’s deputy defense minister, Volodymyr Havrylov, also expressed optimism, stating that Ukraine’s air defense system had been “more than 90 percent effective against the attacks.” Havrylov noted that in addition to cruise missile strikes, Ukraine had faced continuous ballistic missile attacks in May, especially in urban centers including the capital, Kyiv.
Russia’s primary goal is to stop Ukraine’s counteroffensive and target decision-making centers, according to Havrylov. Zelensky believes that reclaiming territory through a counteroffensive will change the dynamics of the war that has raged since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. Last month, Zelensky said Ukraine needed to wait for more Western armored vehicles to arrive before launching the counteroffensive and has been on a diplomatic mission to bolster Western support, which he said is key for Ukraine to succeed in its plans. On Saturday, Ukraine’s military said that Mariinka in the Donetsk region was the focus of the fighting. Ukrainian forces repelled all 14 Russian troops’ attacks there, according to the report.
Q: What is the conflict between Ukraine and Russia about?
A: Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, and since then, a war has been raging between the two countries.
Q: What is Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russia?
A: Ukraine is launching a military operation to reclaim territory from Russia.
Q: What kind of attacks has Ukraine faced from Russia?
A: Ukraine has faced missile and drone attacks from Russia, including cruise missile strikes and continuous ballistic missile attacks in urban centers.
Q: Is Ukraine confident that its counteroffensive will be successful?
A: Ukraine’s President and deputy defense minister are confident that the counteroffensive will end in victory, but acknowledge that there are many different ways it could play out.
Q: What is Russia’s primary goal in this conflict?
A: Russia’s primary goal is to stop Ukraine’s counteroffensive and target decision-making centers.
Zelensky is confident that Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russia will be victorious.
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has expressed confidence in his country’s recently launched counteroffensive against Russia despite several recent missile and drone attacks by the latter. Zelensky spoke optimistically about the effort during an interview with the Wall Street Journal, saying, “We strongly believe that we will succeed”, but that the outcome could vary substantially. Ukraine’s deputy defense minister, Volodymyr Havrylov, said that Russia’s recent use of ballistic missiles was “a last strategic resort” and that Ukraine’s air defense system had been “more than 90 percent effective against the attacks”. Ukraine has also faced continuous ballistic missile attacks, especially in urban centres including the capital, Kyiv. Havrylov said, “Their primary goal is to stop our counter-offensive and target decision-making centers”. Zelensky has been on a diplomatic mission to bolster Western support, which he sees as key to Ukraine’s success in its plans to reclaim territory lost to Russia since the latter invaded in February 2022.