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To disrupt Russia's counteroffensive, we must prepare large reserve - Zelenskyy

To disrupt Russia's counteroffensive, we must prepare large reserve - Zelenskyy President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (photo: Getty Images)

Ukraine needs to train significant amounts of personnel and have a reserve among the military to disrupt the enemy's counteroffensive, states Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

According to the President, the situation at the front is difficult but stabilized. The enemy is not advancing, and where it goes forward, it is pushed back. However, the Ukrainian military is making progress and taking steps forward.

"All these hostilities are mostly, 90%, in the east of Ukraine. These are different areas, not just Avdiivka. But now the situation has been stabilized, according to the report of the military, with whom I am in daily contact," Zelenskyy said.

However, he is convinced that Ukraine needs to train significant personnel to disrupt the enemy's counteroffensive.

"It must be trained, the brigades that will replace those that are currently standing must be manned. The brigades that will have to be trained, which means a large amount of reserve must be prepared. The reserve is not just made up of young men and boys, but of people with experience, who have undergone combat coordination and have combat experience," Zelenskyy said.

Russian offensive

ISW analysts said that Russian troops could launch a large-scale offensive in the Donetsk sector in late spring or early summer.

At the same time, they believe that Russian troops are likely to be able to launch a coordinated large-scale offensive in only one operational area due to limited human resources and planning.

Plans for the liberation of territories

Earlier, the Commander of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Pavliuk said that the situation at the front remains difficult but controlled. According to him, Ukraine plans to conduct counterattacks this year.

Meanwhile, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyi, said that the number of positions regained by the Ukrainian Defense Forces recently exceeds the number of positions lost.