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Ukraine begins counter-offensive move – Zelensky

President Volodymyr Zelensky.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the long-awaited counteroffensive by Ukraine against Russia appears to have begun.

“Counter-offensive and defensive actions are taking place,” he said.

Report by BBC, states that Zelensky would not talk in detail about which stage or state the counter-offensive was in.

The comments came after an escalation of fighting in the south and east of Ukraine with speculation about progress of the widely anticipated push.

Ukrainian troops are reported to have advanced in the east near Bakhmut and in the south near Zaporizhzhia, carrying out long-range strikes on Russian targets.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a video interview published Friday that Ukrainian forces had certainly begun their offensive but that attempted advances had failed with heavy casualties.

Writing Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Julian Osamoto