Volodymyr Zelensky greeted, Friday, June 9, “heroism” of his army, at a time when intense fighting is raging in the south of the country, to the point of bringing to mind the counter-offensive that kyiv has been preparing for months. “To our soldiers, to all who are engaged in particularly hard fighting these days. We witness your heroism, and we are grateful for every minute of your life”, launched the Ukrainian president in his daily message. Kiev said its forces were ready for a counter-offensive to retake territories in the east and south of the country, while adding that no formal announcement should be expected.
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The counter-offensive has begun, according to Putin. “We can totally say that this offensive has begun”the Russian president said in a video broadcast on Telegram by a state television reporter. “The Ukrainian troops did not achieve their objective on any of the battlefields”he added, contradicting the version of Volodymyr Zelensky.
New bombings in the night. At least eight people were injured by Russian strikes in Uman, in the center of the country, according to local authorities. This city had not been targeted since April 28, notes the media RBK Ukraine. In the Zhytomyr region, in Zviahel, the debris of a missile shot down by the anti-aircraft defense caused one death and three injuries.
Thirteen dead on both sides of the Dnipro. The Ukrainian and Russian authorities recorded five and eight deaths respectively after the destruction du barrage de Kakhovka. An area of more than 600 km2 was flooded, according to the governor of the Kherson region, both on the right bank of the river controlled by the Ukrainians and on the left bank occupied by the Russians.
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