People should not expect quick victories for Ukraine against Russian forces during the counterattack, because Kyiv does not want to sacrifice many of its forces. Oleksiy Aristovich, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, drew attention to this on Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk called on residents of the combat zone in southern and eastern Ukraine to leave before the onset of cold weather.
“It’s a very slow process because we value people because we need as many Ukrainians as possible to go home,” Aristovich was quoted as saying by Reuters. “There is no quick success, quick success always means a lot of blood,” the consultant said in an interview posted on YouTube.
This week Kyiv announced a southern counter-offensive aimed at regaining the occupied territories. In the Kherson region, it seems that the Ukrainian army has already achieved its first successes.
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Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government urged people from the fighting zones in eastern and southern Ukraine to flee before the onset of cold weather. “I demand the evacuation of Donetsk, Kherson, Zaporozhye and part of the Kharkiv regions before the onset of cold weather,” Vereshuk told Ukrainian television on Wednesday.
“Those who can, should gradually travel in a planned manner,” the deputy prime minister added. He also said he is not advising anyone to return to these areas before next spring, even if the heat supply problem is resolved.
The Ukrainian government is expecting a difficult winter as a result of the Russian invasion. Heat, electricity and water supplies will be out of order or only possible to a limited extent in some parts of the country due to damaged infrastructure.