The deputy minister of defense said that Russian missile attacks in recent weeks did not affect the start time of the long-awaited counteroffensive.
Ukraine’s intentions regarding the counteroffensive against the Russian occupiers are going according to plan, albeit a powerful one a wave of missile and drone attacks across the country in recent weeks.
About this said the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Volodymyr Gavrylov, writes Reuters.
“Their (occupiers – ed.) main goal is to stop our counteroffensive and target decision-making centers,” Gavrilov said.
He called Russia’s intensive use of ballistic missiles in May “the last strategic means” of the Russians and noted that Ukrainian air defense systems were “more than 90% effective” against these attacks.
“It was a huge surprise for Russia that the effectiveness (of their ballistic missiles) was almost zero against the modern air defense systems we received from our partners,” Gavrilov noted.
Therefore, Russian missile attacks will in no way affect the time of the start of the long-awaited counteroffensive of the Armed Forces.
“Nothing can stop our efforts, our desire and our confidence that we will win this war. Ukraine will launch a counteroffensive with the intention of liberating our territories this year,” he said.
At the same time, Gavrilov refused to comment on the recent drone attacks on the territory of Russia, in particular the Moscow region. He said that in the Russian Federation today “there are many internal events that are related to this war.”
“There are many people inside Russia who support Ukraine,” Gavrilov hinted.
It will be recalled that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the readiness of the Armed Forces to launch a counteroffensive. The head of state noted that, unfortunately, the Ukrainian army did not receive all the weapons and equipment it would like to have for a counteroffensive, but there is no time to wait, because it is too expensive for Ukrainian families.