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Zelenskyy on counteroffensive: Ukraine's plans were on Kremlin's table before actions began

Zelenskyy on counteroffensive: Ukraine's plans were on Kremlin's table before actions began President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (photo: Dmytro Semeniuk, RBC-Ukraine)

Ukraine's armed forces already have a new counteroffensive plan. However, only a few people in the country will know about it, states Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The president was asked whether Ukraine would launch another counteroffensive and how the country would act in this case.

"The main thing is to have a plan. And we have this plan. I will not be able to tell you the details of this plan. I will explain to you: the fewer people know the plans of the Ukrainian army, the faster the victory will be and the unexpected result for the Russians," Zelenskyy said.

At the same time, he said that the plan for Ukraine's counteroffensive in 2023, unfortunately, was known to the Russians before it began.

"Frankly speaking, our counteroffensive actions last year were on the Kremlin's table even before the counteroffensive began. Period," he said.

Ukrainian Armed Forces counteroffensive

In the summer of 2023, the Ukrainian military launched a counteroffensive in southern and eastern Ukraine. The Armed Forces managed to liberate more than a dozen settlements in Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions. However, the main goal of advancing to the Sea of Azov was not achieved.

Currently, the Ukrainian military is mostly on the defensive and attacking whenever possible.

Earlier, the German publication Welt stated that the former commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, is planning a new counteroffensive. According to experts and journalists, he may be gathering resources for new operations in 2024.

In turn, the new chief of the Armed Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi, said that the Ukrainian military had moved to a new stage of warfare against Russia, which aims to exhaust the enemy.