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Ukraine’s ‘D-Day’ offensive is going to need all the help it can get

Both Kyiv and Moscow have reported fierce fighting at points across the vast frontline, writes Bel Trew. But given Russia has had 12 months to fortify its defensive positions, Ukraine needs support to deliver its ‘decisive offensive’

Thursday 15 June 2023 16:34 BST
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<p>A Ukrainian soldier near the newly liberated village of Neskuchne in the Donetsk region </p>

A Ukrainian soldier near the newly liberated village of Neskuchne in the Donetsk region

Ukraine’s much-anticipated counteroffensive has had so much hype, it even has its own cinematic promotional trailer. Against the backdrop of video game music, Ukrainian soldiers shout “I am going to destroy the enemies of our homeland!”

“Our decisive offensive!” they add, as tanks roar across the screen. And that phrase is a carefully chosen one.

The operation, full details of which remain a closely guarded secret, has been nicknamed Ukraine’s D-Day (in reference to the Second World War operation that, coincidentally, also took place in the month of June).

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