Yurii Sobolevskyi, first deputy head of Ukraine’s Kherson regional council, said he doesn't think a specific date will be announced for an expected counteroffensive in the south.
"In fact, what the Ukrainian Armed Forces are doing in our southern sector may be considered a counteroffensive: maintaining fire control, constantly destroying military targets, and reducing the enemy's combat capability," he said.
"Therefore, I don't think there will be a date from which it will be considered that the counteroffensive has already begun," Sobolevskyi said.
He expressed optimism that Ukraine will be able to take back its territory from Russia.
"Because what is happening now in the temporarily occupied territory is just a nightmare. This should not happen in the 21st century. These are torture chambers, forced passportization, and deportation of children, etc.," he alleged.
"All Ukrainians now have a single wish: our victory and peace, because Ukraine never wanted war, and now it is forced to defend itself. We want everything to end in our victory so that we can resume our lives, the development of our country in the European family and the entire civilized world. For me personally, this is important because our people, the people of Kherson, are there [on the occupied territories] now, and I feel responsible for them as well. It is very hard indeed for our people in the temporarily occupied territories," Sobolevskyi said.
Remember: In November 2022, Ukrainian troops advanced through much of the city of Kherson and its surrounding area, forcing Russian fighters to retreat to the Dnipro River's east bank.