Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has announced that Ukraine is ready to launch a counteroffensive against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. Zelenskiy made the announcement in response to recent reports of increased violence in the region.
“This isn’t a movie, I can’t tell you what you’ll see, but you’ll feel it,” Zelenskiy said in a recent interview regarding the counteroffensive.
Zelenskiy’s comments come amid concerns of renewed conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The Ukrainian government and the separatists have been engaged in a years-long conflict in which thousands of people have been killed.
Russia has supported the separatists with troops, weapons, and other resources, and there are fears that Moscow could escalate its involvement in the conflict. Zelenskiy has warned that Russia will capitalize on any doubt shown in Ukraine’s ability to defend itself.
“We are ready for the counteroffensive,” Zelenskiy told The Wall Street Journal. “We are always ready to defend our country and our people.”
Zelenskiy’s announcement has been met with mixed reactions. Some Ukrainians have praised the president’s willingness to take action, while others have expressed concern that a counteroffensive could lead to more bloodshed.
The conflict in Ukraine has been largely overshadowed by other world events in recent years, but it remains a pressing issue for many Ukrainians. As Zelenskiy prepares to launch a counteroffensive, the world watches with bated breath, hoping that the violence can be contained and a peaceful resolution can be achieved.