The indications are increasing: Ukraine's counteroffensive against Russia has begun. Wagner boss Prigozhin calls for 200,000 new soldiers.
Kyiv - Many tank movements and first small successes: Various news sources reported on Thursday (8 June) of heavy ground attacks by the Ukrainian army on Russia's positions. Ukrainian soldiers are said to have broken through some defensive lines, gaining ground around the destroyed city of Bakhmut. This is confirmed by the head of the mercenary group "Wagner", Yevgeny Prigozhin, on his Telegram channel.
"I think that the events that are now taking place on the front line are the beginning of a counteroffensive by Ukraine". Prigozhin is therefore demanding 200,000 troops from Moscow to stop the long-announced Ukrainian counteroffensive. Heavy military strikes were also reported from other sectors of the front.
Counteroffensive in the Ukraine war: Wagner boss Prigozhin calls for 200,000 new soldiers
Prigozhin said in a Telegram video that his Wagner group was the only armed force capable of stopping the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Ukraine war. "I need 200,000 men," the Moscow Times quoted the mercenary boss as saying. "Less than 200,000 on the Luhansk-Donetsk front line will not be enough," Prigozhin noted.
Disputes between Wagner and the Russian military over supplies in Bakhmut had prompted Prigozhin to withdraw his troops from the destroyed area last month. It has been suggested that Wagner suffered great losses in the capture of the city, with his troops reinforced by former Russian prisoners.
Ukrainian soldiers fire a cannon near Bakhmut. © Dpa
Prigozhin called on Russian President Vladimir Putin for a full national mobilization to increase Russian forces in Ukraine. However, the new units should first undergo appropriate three-month training. Otherwise, they would just be "cannon fodder".
Offensive in the Ukraine war: After blowing up the dam, Ukraine goes on the attack
In the meantime, the British secret service is also assuming a major offensive. Apparently, Russian troops were instructed to counterattack as soon as possible after blowing up the Kakhovka dam. Chechen, pro-Ukrainian units are said to have already been successful in the village of Marivka near the city of Donetsk.
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Large-scale offensive with tanks: Russia's bloggers report attacks near Zaporizhzhia
Military observers and war bloggers reported increased attacks in the Zaporizhzhia region in consistent media reports. There, Russia's troops are said to have come under heavy fire - apparently mainly due to tank attacks. "I believe that we can already talk about the beginning of the offensive that Ukraine has long announced. There hasn't been such a movement at the front for a long time," the Russian-language Telegram channel Zapiski Veterana said. Other experts, meanwhile, were even more cautious and speculated about possible test attacks.
According to Kiev, Russia wants to stop offensive by blowing up a dam
A lot of information cannot be independently verified in the Ukraine war. After the explosion of the Kakhovka Dam, it was said that a possible counteroffensive by Ukraine could be slowed down by the floods. Water levels had risen sharply after the blowing up of the Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine on Wednesday, but were expected to decline over the course of Thursday, the British experts estimated. The government in Kiev is convinced that Russia blew up the dam in order to hinder the planned Ukrainian counteroffensive. Moscow rejects this and blames Kiev. (erpe/jkf/dpa)