Russian propaganda likely exaggerating impact of weather ahead of Ukrainian counteroffensive

21 April, 02:41 PM
Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Russian propaganda outlets are likely exaggerating the overall impact of weather conditions on Ukrainian forces amid the upcoming Ukrainian counteroffensive, the UK’s Ministry of Defense wrote in its regular daily update on April 21.

With soft ground conditions across most of Ukraine, severe mud is very likely slowing operations for both sides in the conflict, the update said.

Russian online outlets are, however, likely exaggerating the overall impact of mud on Ukrainian forces as part of an information operation aimed at raising Russian morale – and undermining Ukraine’s supporters – considering the anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive, UK’s MoD believes.

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“Surface conditions can be expected to improve in the coming weeks,” the ministry said.

“The threat from mines probably continues to be a more important factor in limiting the combatants’ off-road maneuvers.”

Earlier, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said that Ukrainian defenders were already conducting counteroffensive actions in the east of the country.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov previously stated that Ukraine’s counteroffensive would likely begin in April-May of this year on several fronts.

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