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13:30 05 May 2022

Ukrainian Armed Forces began counteroffensive actions in Izium direction, Ministry of Defense says

The Ukrainian military launched a counteroffensive in the Kharkiv and Izium directions

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi announced this during a conversation with the chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States General Mark Milley, Rubryka reports.

"Traditionally, I informed my American colleague about the latest situation.

In particular, the enemy is transferring the major efforts to the Luhansk direction, where intense fighting continues in the area of ​​Popasna, Kreminna, and Torske.

Also, Ukraine's defense forces are transitioning to counter-offensive operations in the Kharkiv and Izium areas," Zaluzhnyi said.

In addition, the Commander-in-Chief stressed that the russian aggressor had resumed the use of cruise missiles.

"The primary purpose of these actions is to destroy the logistical routes of military-technical assistance to Ukraine.

Thus, during the day on May 3, the enemy used 14 cruise missiles fired from TU-160 strategic bombers from the Caspian Sea," the minister stressed.

Zaluzhnyi noted that as of last night, 8 cruise missile launches had been recorded in our territory.

"Therefore, the issue of providing Ukraine with M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS is very important," he said.

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