Zelensky Says Counteroffensive 'Very Hard' for Ukrainian Forces
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskyA Ukrainian Burnt Tank Near Donetsk
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky/
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Ukrainian President President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that the Ukrainian counteroffensive was proceeding with great difficulties due to "thousands of mines" planted by the Russian armed forces.
"We can see in which directions we are moving forward, but it is very hard for us, there are thousands of mines ... But the most important thing is the trend that the military reports to me, which I receive daily. We are pushing forward, little by little," Zelensky said at a joint press conference with Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo in Kiev.
Ukraine launched a counteroffensive against Russian forces in early June after multiple postponements. Citing the counteroffensive's needs, Kiev pushed its Western donors to step up the military and financial aid. According to the Russian Defense Ministry's estimates, as of August 4, Ukraine's losses in the counteroffensive were about 43,000 troops and 4,900 units of military equipment.