China News Network on May 5 Comprehensive report, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Zaluzhne released a military propaganda video on social media on the 28th local time, saying that "it's time to get back what belongs to us", which once again triggered speculation about Ukraine's imminent counteroffensive.
At the same time, Russia's Belgorod region bordering Ukraine continued to be attacked, and the Ukrainian military said that the Russian army carried out the "most significant" drone attack on Kiev on the night of the 27th.
"It's time to get back what belongs to us"
According to CNN, the video, posted on Zaluzhne's social media accounts, was about 1 minute long and accompanied by the text "It's time to get back what belongs to us." The video shows Ukrainian troops on the march, in training, and as well as Ukrainian troops preparing for battle.
Image source: Screenshot of CNN report
In the video, German tanks and American artillery and rocket launchers are being used. The video ends with soldiers and commanders shouting "provocative messages" such as "Please bless our decisive attack."
According to reports, the news comes at a time when Ukraine will start its counteroffensive and whether it has begun to be discussed for weeks.
However, CNN believes that in addition to the words presented in the video, this latest release does not explicitly mention the upcoming military operation, nor does it have details about the specific troop build-up and weapons situation.
False and real, the news of the Ukrainian army's counteroffensive is constant
There are already many theories about the Ukrainian "counteroffensive". Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmegal said in early April that Ukraine's counteroffensive could begin in the summer, later saying it would begin "soon." According to Newsweek, previously leaked Pentagon documents show that the Ukrainian offensive seems to begin on April 4.
Image source: BBC Twitter screenshot
According to the BBC report on the 27th, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Danilov said in an interview with the media that the counteroffensive operation of the Ukrainian army may begin "tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or a week". He warned that the Ukrainian government "has no right to make mistakes in this decision" because it is a "historic opportunity" that "cannot be lost."
In addition, Danilov refuted statements that the counteroffensive had begun, saying that "the destruction of Russian control centers and Russian military equipment" has been the task of the Armed Forces of Ukraine since February 2022, 2.
A senior U.S. official told CNN earlier in May that the Ukrainian army had begun to "shape" the battlefield, striking at weapons depots, command centers and armor and artillery systems to prepare the battlefield for the advancing forces of the Ukrainian army. CNN said "shaping" operations are standard tactics before large-scale joint operations, but they may also be just a means to confuse each other.
On the question of when to start the counteroffensive, Podolyak, an adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, wrote on Twitter that the counteroffensive "is not a 'single event' that begins with a solemn red ribbon cutting on a specific day and at a specific time."
From Kiev to Belgorod, conflicts in many places are difficult to stop
While the situation of Ukraine's "counteroffensive" is still unclear, the situation between Russia and Ukraine continues to be tense.
Infographic: Streets of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
According to Reuters, the Russian army launched several air strikes on Kiev from the night of the 27th to the early morning of the 28th, which was the "most significant" drone attack since the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis. Kiev Mayor Klitschko said a 41-year-old man was hit and killed by falling drone debris.
Reuters said that the attack occurred on the last Sunday of May, and the Ukrainian capital was preparing to celebrate the "Kiev Day" commemorating the official founding of Kiev on that day. On this day, events such as street fairs, live concerts and special museum exhibitions are usually held. There are similar plans this year, but on a smaller scale.
Agence France-Presse quoted the Ukrainian Air Force as saying that during this period, "a total of 54 suicide drones were launched (by the Russian army), a record record." According to the report, 40 of these drones attacked Kiev, killing two people and injuring three.
According to TASS news agency, Russia's Belgorod region governor Gladkov said on the 28th that in the past 24 hours, many places in the state have been attacked by the Ukrainian army more than 240 times, resulting in the death of 1 civilian, 3 injuries of civilians, and damage to many apartment buildings, stadiums, shops and other civilian facilities and checkpoints.
In addition, Gladkov announced that schools in the border region of the Belgorod region will end the current school year early.