When will the Ukrainian counter-offensive be?

Russian bombing day in Ukraine. As Kiev prepared to launch a counterattack, airborne warnings were issued about the country’s cities occupied overnight by Russia. Ukrainian military officials announced that they shot down 15 of the 18 missiles fired by Moscow forces. Chernihiv Governor Viacheslav Chaus said a child was killed this afternoon in a Russian attack on the northern region of Ukraine.

According to RIA Novosti, regional governor Alexander Bogomaz, today marked the news that a train derailed in the Bryansk region of Russia as a result of the explosion of a device on the rails. “An unidentified explosive detonated in the Unechsky district on the Bryansk-Unecha line, resulting in a freight train derailment. No casualties.” The explosion in Bryansk is the second of the day on Russian territory: Authorities had previously announced that an electricity transmission pole had been blown up in the Leningrad region.

Wagner’s president wants more ammo

The situation on the field is getting more and more complex every day. The head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, once again pressed the Russian government, in particular Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, for more ammunition for his fighters. The head of the mercenary militia said his troops needed at least 300 tons of artillery a day to continue the yet-to-be-attacked attack on the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.

It is not the first time that Prigozhin condemns the insufficient support for his soldiers. And he does it again, this time in a video he posted on his Telegram channel, claiming that his men need at least 300 tons of shells a day to attack. “Three hundred tons a day is equivalent to 10 cargo containers, not a lot, but we are not given more than a third,” the mercenary leader said in a video apparently taken from the town of Soledar, northeast of Bakhmut. In another video, Prigozhin said that if the group dies, it will be “not at the hands of the Ukrainian army or NATO, but because of our bastard national bureaucrats.”

When will the Ukrainian counter-offensive be?

Prigozhin fears a Ukrainian counterattack, according to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksy Reznikov in a television interview. The move to drive the Russians out of Ukrainian territory could come in mid-May. “I don’t just hope, I believe. I believe a lot has been done for the counterattack to be successful. Because if our generals are not confident, advancing is pointless. Everything has to be planned,” concluded the Ukrainian Defense Minister. Rezhnikov identified three key factors for a successful counterattack: the availability of weapons, prepared and trained soldiers who knew their plans, and providing everything necessary for the attack.

At least according to Washington, the toll of the Kremlin troops’ invasion of Ukraine is negative. The US said the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine had “failed”. The White House estimates 100,000 casualties, including 20,000 dead, among Russian troops since December. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said about half of the deaths were attributed to the Wagner Group, adding that Russia’s attack on Bakhmut in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine “stopped” and “failed”.

Meanwhile, Russian authorities are preparing evacuation plans in the occupied areas of the Zaporizhzhia region. According to the National Center for the Resistance of Ukraine, the occupation authorities are preparing to evacuate the workers and their families, and instructions on how to destroy documents and equipment have been distributed.

Russian occupation authorities are also taking “strengthening measures” to identify those involved in Ukrainian partisan movements, including searching the homes of those suspected of “disloyalty”. The signal, presumably, indicates the fear of Russian troops attacking Ukraine.

Source: Today IT