(ZEROHEDGE) – The Washington Post is reporting Thursday that Ukraine's forces have finally launched their long-awaited counteroffensive, based on speaking with four Ukrainian soldiers and officers.
The servicemembers said this "crucial phase" in the war has now begun with fresh, intensified attacks in the southeast, coming also as severe flooding from the Kakhovka dam explosion continues to unfold. David Ignatius is calling it Ukraine's "D-Day" - but it's too early to tell if any actual gains have been made and sustained, amid the usual conflicting battlefield claims. Russia's military has said it is crushing the Ukrainian campaign.
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The stated aims of the major offensive are to restore lost territory back to Ukraine and to ensure Western support stays strong and consistent, after prior months of doubts quietly voiced among some backers.