Zaluzhny: Defense Forces of Ukraine had launched counter-offensive operations in the Kharkiv and Izium areas

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine general Zaluzhny said that the Defense Forces of Ukraine had launched counter-offensive operations in the Kharkiv and Izium areas. Zaluzhny also spoke about the relocation of the main efforts of the Russian occupiers to the Luhansk direction

Direct speech:

Regular communication is maintained with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. MILLEY. Trust, professionality and shared values are the basis of our close ties, which only turned stronger throughout large-scale russian aggression against our nation.

Traditionally I have briefed my American counterpart on the operational situation. In particular, about enemy’s main effort shifts towards Luhansk direction, were in the vicinities of Popasna, Kreminna, Torske the heavy fighting is going on as well as about the shift to conterattacks on Kharkiv and Izium directions.

Emphasized the resumption of the cruise missiles use by the Russian aggressor. The main elements of these actions are the destruction of logistical routes to provide military and technical assistance to Ukraine. So, throughout May 3, 14 cruise missiles were used, which were fired from TU-160 strategic bombers from the Caspian Sea. As of last night, 8 cruise missile launches have been recorded in our territory. Therefore, the issue of providing Ukraine with multiple launch missile systems such as M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS is crucial.

I am deeply grateful to our partners for their assistance to Ukraine. We are successfully addressing all the challenges of acquiring new weapons and equipment through cooperation and support at all levels. Today, our military not only intensively learns to use and maintain NATO weapons, but also shares their combat experience with partners.

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