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Situation on front stabilized, but new Russian offensive is looming - Zelenskyy

Situation on front stabilized, but new Russian offensive is looming - Zelenskyy Photo: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (GettyImages)

Ukrainian military have managed to stabilize the situation on the front. However, it is likely that Russia is preparing for a new offensive, stated President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

According to the president, the situation on the front has been stabilized as spring approaches. However, the winter months were quite challenging.

"We have stabilized the situation. It is better than it used to be two or three months ago when we had a big deficit of artillery ammunition, different kinds of weapons. We totally didn't see the big, huge counteroffensive from Russia... They didn't have success," Zelenskyy said.

He noted that Russia was able to completely destroy some cities and villages in Ukraine. And Ukrainian troops are not prepared to defend against another major Russian offensive, expected sometime around late May or June.

"And before that, we not only need to prepare, we not only need to stabilize the situation, because the partners are sometimes really happy that we have stabilized the situation. No, I say we need help now," Zelenskyy said.

In this artillery war of attrition, Russia has the advantage not only due to a greater quantity of firepower but also due to the greater range of their impact.

"In Bakhmut and Avdiivka and Lysychansk and Soledar and so on, it was really hard to fight the adversary," he said.

Situation on the front

The past few months have been challenging for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. In particular, on February 17, they had to withdraw from Avdiivka, which they had been defending since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated on March 11 that the Armed Forces managed to halt the advance of the Russian army. According to the head of state, the situation on the front is much better than "in the last three months." Commenting on the situation around Avdiivka, the president explained that the Russians did not capture it; they simply destroyed it and then entered.

Read about how the Ukrainian Armed Forces are closing "pain points" on the front and whether the outcome of the war will be resolved in the summer in the material by RBC-Ukraine.