Sky News has learned that a major Ukrainian offensive against Russian forces has had “some success,” according to a senior official.
Oleksandr Vilkul was the head of the military administration of Kryvyi Rih in central-southern Ukraine. He said that he was certain that all of Ukraine would be “liberated.”
He stated that he was limited in his comments about the operation which was launched from many directions including his own city.
Kryvyi Rih is one of the largest cities in Ukraine and lies about 100 miles north from Kherson, the occupied city. It was captured by Russian forces during the first days of war. This is a crucial prize for Ukraine to win it back.
“I can tell you that there are offensive operations by Ukrainian forces in the direction south,” said Mr Vilkul, wearing military fatigues. He spoke at an undisclosed location, where he plans and discusses military operation planning.
He said, “There are some success stories but we should wait until the official information is available.”
When asked what role Kryvyi Rih played in the operation, the man replied that it was “definitely a key city both as a gateway to central Ukraine or to support the offensive operation to the south”.
The top official stated that the long-awaited offensive against Ukraine is crucial. I’m confident that Ukraine will liberate its entire territory.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (the Ukrainian President), was born in Kryvyi Rih and stated Tuesday night that Ukrainian troops had attacked Russian positions across the front, both east and south.
He urged Russian forces to flee to their safety and used a nightly address to say: “Active Military Engagement is Now Happening Along the Whole Frontline: In the South, in Kharkiv Region, in Donbas.”
However, Russia’s defense ministry claimed that it had not provided evidence that its troops had defeated Ukrainian forces and that the air defense units had destroyed dozens of missiles close to Kherson.
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Echoing all the words of senior Ukrainian officials, Mr Vilkul said that the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine’s army was essential in this fight.
“I want to thank all our Western partners for their help and I’d like to add that victory requires weapons, weapons, weaponry. He stated that this was the main message.
“I want to remind you that we are fighting for our motherland, but we also fight for the common values Europe and the entire world. (People) should not succumb to Russian propaganda or blackmail.
“Russia is an invader that has behaved worse than the Nazis during World War II and should be punished.”