Ukraine’s counteroffensive, which has been underway since early June, has completely failed, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has said.
In a short interview, released by the Rossiya 1 channel on Sunday, Putin was asked to comment on recent statements by some Ukrainian officials, who acknowledged that their operation was stalling and failing to meet Kiev’s schedule.
- “As for the counteroffensive that is allegedly stalling – it has failed completely,” the Russian leader replied.
- Moscow is aware that Kiev is “still preparing new active offensive operations. We see that. We know that. And we’re reacting to that appropriately,” he stressed.
“As for what’s happening now along the whole length of the contact line, it’s called active defense and our [Russian] forces are improving their positions almost everywhere in this area,” Putin said.