Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense says Ukrainian victories aren’t publicized in order to avoid provoking the enemy

1 June, 06:41 PM
Armed Forces of Ukraine mount the counteroffensive in the south of Ukraine (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine)

Armed Forces of Ukraine mount the counteroffensive in the south of Ukraine (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine)

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine does not report on Ukrainian successes during counteroffensives until Ukrainian military personnel fully gain a foothold in their new positions, so as not to activate the enemy, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said on Ukrainian television on June 1.

According to her, the situation at the front is unstable, and until the Ukrainian military gains a foothold at a certain line, the situation may change several times.

“The situation in the east and south is unstable, so it cannot be unequivocally said that somewhere we are only losing or that there is only a counteroffensive,” she explained.

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“The situation is different for different spots and settlements, and fighting is always dynamic. Therefore, it is possible to finally draw conclusions that some settlement is already ours only after the Armed Forces of Ukraine are consolidated there, at that line."

This is a common policy shared by the Defense Ministry and the Armed Forces, she said.

“The premature announcement of this sort of information usually activates the enemy,” she said.

"Therefore, we have areas where the enemy is advancing, and we are strongly resisting, and there are areas where we are carrying out a counteroffensive and have some success.”

On May 19, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, said that Ukraine was able to deprive Russia of its strategic initiative, due to a number of successful counteroffensive actions.

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