Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has made an ominous announcement — stating that Russians will soon get an “unpleasant surprise” in their invasion of Ukraine.
The mysterious statement comes as Breitbart News notes that “ the current Russian offensive against the city of Bakhmut appears to falter slightly, with forces loyal to the Putin administration now engaged in significant political infighting over preferential treatment and the availability of vital ammo supplies.”
Now, Euronews is reporting that Zelenskyy has been planning a counterattack against Russian forces, though there are no details being made public about the exact timing of the response or the nature of the attack.
“I am not ready to communicate with you, to say when we will be advancing,” the Ukrainian president reportedly said. “Because to some extent, this prepares the enemy. And therefore, I would like it to be an unpleasant surprise, not the other way around.”
Though he has refused to provide details, Zelenskyy was very optimistic that the counterattack would be effective.
“I think we will achieve the appropriate result,” he said, adding that he could not predict whether the counterattack would lead to the restoration of “full sovereignty of Ukraine.”
“I can’t say that yet, because it’s a war,” Zelenskyy noted.
It is unclear when Zelenskyy’s counteroffensive is to take place, as he recently said in a BBC interview that the attack was delayed because they need more weapons and military equipment.
1) While the American public were distracted from the overload of happenings; Zelensky quietly snuck in that the much anticipated and publicized “counter offensive”, is delayed AGAIN. Claiming they still need more equipment.
Via BBC 9 hours ago.
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Meanwhile, Zelenskyy’s optimism comes as potential infighting has been reported among Russian officials — with Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin appearing to attack Russian President Vladimir Putin in a video published online. The Wagner Group, a paramilitary organization, is one of Russia’s most important assets in Ukraine.
The video shows Prigozhin deriding an unnamed senior official in the Russian government — calling him a “happy grandfather” who believes “that he is good” but is really just a “complete a—hole.”
While it is unclear who the Wagner Group leader was referring to in the video, some Western commentators are arguing that Putin himself was the subject of Prigozhin’s rant — which may indicate significant fracturing among Russian officials in regard to the Russia-Ukraine war.
The news of Zelenskyy’s potential counterattack comes as former President Donald Trump declared that he would try to bring a diplomatic end to the Russia-Ukraine war “in 24 hours” after being reelected to the White House. While President Joe Biden continues to fund the war, Trump promised to bring an end to the deaths of Ukrainians and Russians.
“I want everyone to stop dying,” Trump said during a CNN town hall-style event on Wednesday night. “They’re dying, Russians and Ukrainians. I want them to stop dying. And I’ll have that done… in 24 hours, I’ll have it done. You need the power of the presidency to do it.”
Donald Trump when asked about if he wants Ukraine or Russia to win the war: “I want everybody to stop dying. Russians and Ukrainians.”
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