Ukrainian troops to launch counter attack ‘very soon’ as Russians run out of steam

Mercenaries ‘losing strength’ after failed bid to capture Bakhmut, Kyiv commander claims

Volodymyr Zelensky poses with a Ukrainian service member at a position near a frontline. Photo: Reuters

Mike Collett-White

Ukrainian troops, on the defensive for four months, will launch a long-awaited counterassault “very soon” now that Russia’s huge winter offensive is losing steam without taking Bakhmut, Ukraine’s top ground forces commander said yesterday.