Russian officials have announced that their forces successfully repelled large-scale Ukrainian attacks. In two provinces of Ukraine that were illegally annexed by Moscow. However, Ukrainian military officials have dismissed these claims as part of a misinformation campaign by Russia. Suggesting that it is aimed at undermining Kyiv’s preparations for an anticipated counteroffensive.
The Russian Defense Ministry released a rare early morning video on Monday. Which stated that their forces pushed back a major assault on Sunday at multiple points in Donetsk province, which is partially controlled by Moscow. The ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, reported that the enemy’s objective was to breach Russian defences in the most vulnerable sector of the front. He further claimed that the Ukrainian forces failed to achieve their goals, with significant casualties and losses on their side.
Vladimir Rogov, an official appointed by Moscow in Zaporizhzhia province, reported that Ukrainian forces also attempted to breach Russian defences there. But were repelled after advancing a short distance into Russian-occupied territory. Meanwhile, Rogov mentioned that hostilities resumed on Monday. However, with a more significant force deployed by the Ukrainian side. He described the ongoing battle as “more large-scale and organized.”
Ukrainian Response and Alleged Misinformation Campaign
Ukrainian officials have not confirmed the reported attacks. The Center for Strategic Communications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated on Telegram that Russian forces are intensifying their information and psychological operations. The Ukrainian statement suggested that Russian propagandists would disseminate false information about the alleged counteroffensive. Including its directions and the losses suffered by the Ukrainian army, even if no such operation is underway.
The conflicting narratives from Russian and Ukrainian sources have created uncertainty regarding the reported attacks and counteroffensive preparations. As the situation continues to unfold, further information will be necessary to determine the veracity of the claims made by both sides.