Kyiv – People should not expect quick victories for Ukraine against Russian troops during the counter-offensive, as Kyiv does not want to sacrifice too many of its troops. This was pointed out today by Oleksiy Arestovych, the adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk called on people from the fighting zone in the south and east of Ukraine to leave before the cold weather arrives.
“It’s a very slow process because we value people, because we need as many Ukrainians as possible to return home,” Arestovych was quoted as saying by Reuters. “There will be no quick success, quick success always means a lot of blood,” the adviser said in an interview published on YouTube.
This week, Kyiv announced the launch of a southern counter-offensive aimed at recapturing the occupied territories. In the Kherson region, the Ukrainian army has apparently already scored its first successes.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government has urged people from the fighting areas in the east and south of Ukraine to flee before the onset of cold weather. “I urgently call for evacuation from Donetsk, Kherson, Zaporozhye and part of Kharkiv region before the onset of cold weather,” Vereshchuk said on Ukrainian television today. “Those who can, should gradually travel in a planned manner,” added the Deputy Prime Minister. He also says that he does not advise anyone to return to these areas before the arrival of next spring, even if the problem with the heat supply is resolved.
The Ukrainian government is expecting a difficult winter as a result of the Russian invasion. Heat, electricity and water supplies will be non-functional or only possible to a limited extent in some parts of the country due to damaged infrastructure.
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