Zelensky responded to Putin’s statement that the Ukrainian army during the offensive “did not achieve the assigned tasks in any of the sectors.” “I am in daily contact with our commanders. All are positive. So tell Putin,” the Ukrainian president said at a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, who arrived in Kyiv on an unannounced visit
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky commented on Vladimir Putin’s statement about the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian army. He said this at a press conference after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who arrived in Kyiv on an unannounced visit, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
The day before, Putin said that the Ukrainian offensive had begun, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine “did not achieve the tasks assigned to them in any of the combat areas.” “It can be stated that all counteroffensive attempts made so far have failed, but the offensive potential of the troops of the Kyiv regime still remains,” Putin added.
Zelensky responded by saying that he regularly communicates with the commanders of the Ukrainian troops. “I am daily in touch with our commanders of different directions – Syrsky, Tarnavsky, Moskalev, Naev, Zaluzhny. Everyone is positive now. So tell Putin,” the President of Ukraine said.
He confirmed that “counter-offensive defense actions are taking place in Ukraine,” but did not say at what stage they are. “I would not trust Telegram channels and Putin. We must trust our military,” Zelensky concluded.
Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the Ukrainian offensive. On June 6, he reported the death of 71 Russian servicemen “in the course of repelling an enemy offensive.” On June 8, the head of the Ministry of Defense claimed that Ukraine had tried to break through the Russian defenses in the Zaporozhye direction. According to the Minister of Defense, there was a “two-hour battle”, but the enemy was stopped on all four directions of the offensive. This time, Shoigu did not announce the losses of the Russian army. In addition, on June 8, Shoigu asked the industry to expedite the supply of all types of military equipment to the “military special operation” zone *.
The Ukrainian authorities have not previously officially announced the start of the offensive. On June 8, the American ABC News was informed that it had started by two Ukrainian sources. The Washington Post also wrote about the beginning of the Ukrainian offensive , citing four sources in the country’s armed forces.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau arrived in Kyiv on June 10. This was his second visit to Ukraine since the beginning of the “special operation”. Earlier, the Prime Minister’s plans to visit the Ukrainian capital were not reported. During the visit, Trudeau announced that Canada would provide Ukraine with a new military aid package of 500 million Canadian dollars (approximately $375 million).
Source : Forbes.ru