"The defence forces are conducting both offensive and defensive actions." Maliar tells about the situation on the frontline
At the moment, the situation on the frontline is dynamic both in terms of defence and offence. The defence forces are carrying out various actions.
This was stated by Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine Hanna Maliar on the air of the United News telethon. According to her, the situation is not uniform in different parts of the frontline.
"As of now, offensive actions are ongoing in several areas. At the same time, we also have defensive actions, as the enemy is advancing in several directions. Therefore, the situation is not uniform. The area where we are advancing is the Bakhmut direction, and everyone knows that the east is the epicentre of the fighting - we are advancing in the Bakhmut direction. At the same time, there are fierce battles there, and we need to understand that the enemy does not give up the positions they once held, so these are very difficult battles," said Maliar.
She also noted other factors that affect the advance of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. In particular, the meteorological one.
"If we talk about the weather now, it really complicates some things. In addition, the enemy has increased artillery and mortar attacks. That is, they are trying to slow down the movement of our forces with shelling and are taking other measures," the deputy minister said.
Maliar added that in the southern direction, the Defence Forces are being held back by dense mining of the fields. "There are many anti-tank ditches there, and the enemy is constantly launching counterattacks. Russian occupants are massively using ATGMs and kamikaze drones.
"In some areas, we are advancing and advancing, in other areas, if we are talking about the Lyman direction or Avdiivka, Maryinka, the enemy is trying to counteract and try to advance, but they fail. That is why the situation is dynamic and active both in terms of defence and offence," added Maliar.
According to her, Russian troops are constantly changing their deployments and replacing one unit with another. At the same time, the number of the enemy does not change, but the enemy increases the number of attacks.
"When they move, their offensive actions slow down, and they compensate by increasing the intensity of shelling and air strikes. They do this in all directions, where they are both defending and attacking," the deputy minister said.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Ukrainian troops advanced in three directions during the offensive yesterday. Fierce fighting continues, and the enemy is doing everything to hold on to the captured positions.
According to ISW, the Ukrainian Defence Forces continue counter-offensive operations in at least three frontline areas and liberated new territories on June 12. At the same time, the occupiers complain that bad weather prevented them from repelling Ukrainian attacks.