Putin ‘panicking’ as Russian forces fear Ukrainian ‘offensive’ attack

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According to the experts, the Russian forces are worried about the situation in Balakliya and are fearing an “Ukrainian assault at 4am” tomorrow. Journalist Julian Röpcke shared the information to his Twitter followers.

She tweeted: “There is absolute panic among Russian sources about the situation in Balakliya.

“They fear an ‘Ukrainian assault at 4am’ tomorrow, claim ‘English speaking mercenaries are leading the offensive’ & talk about Russian ‘units, getting encircled in the direction of Kharkiv’.

“Latest Russian reports indicate a large-scale Ukraine offensive along 17 km of the Balakliya-Kupyansk highway with attacks on two cities along the highway and Balakliya itself.

“Verbivka is not in the report, possibly meaning it was already taken by Ukrainian forces.”

Ukrainian forces launched a surprise offensive against Russian positions in the east of the country in an apparent expansion of their efforts to roll back the invasion.

Reports of a Ukrainian attack on Balakliya, a Russian-held town about 43 miles southeast of Kharkiv, emerged on unofficial Ukrainian and Russian Telegram last week.

The Ukrainian ministry of defence did not comment on the reports.

Anton Gerashchenko, a former Ukrainian MP, said: “They are promising good news from the Kharkiv direction, maybe Balakliya.”

Announcing the apparent counter-attack, Serhiy Leshchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s presidential office, said there would be “great news from President Zelensky on counter-offensive operation in Kharkiv region”.

He later deleted the social media post, reported The Telegraph.

The attack near Kharkiv, in the east of the country, comes a week after Ukraine launched a much-hyped assault against a vulnerable Russian pocket on the west bank of the Dnipro river in Kherson, on the southern front.

The purpose of the assault was not immediately clear, but it may be intended as a diversion to keep the Russians from reinforcing Kherson.

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On Monday Ukrainian forces mounted a surprise attack across the Siversky Donets river in the Donetsk region at a village called Ozernoye.

Another blast in Berdyansk was reported a few hours later but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Russia-occupied towns in southern Ukraine have seen a flurry of attacks on figures in the occupation administration in what the Ukrainian government has hailed as the work of partisans behind enemy lines.

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