“Was it an information-psychological operation?

Of course, today all public comments are part of an information and psychological operation, ”Podolyak said in an interview with the Ukrainian service of the BBC.

Earlier, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region, called on Kyiv to remember the words of Alexander Nevsky before deciding on a counteroffensive.

The former head of the Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence Service, Mykola Malomuzh, said that Kyiv needs to "prepare a strategic offensive" and mobilize "a lot of military personnel."