Did the Ukrainian offensive in Donetsk fail?

The Russian armed forces repelled the Ukrainian offensive in the direction of southern Donetsk, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced this morning.

Ukraine started the offensive with six mechanized and two tank battalions, the Russian Ministry announced on Telegram.

"On the morning of June 4, the enemy launched a major offensive in five sectors of the front in the direction of southern Donetsk," the statement said.

"The enemy's objective was to break through our defense lines at what he believed to be the most vulnerable part of the front line," the statement added.

"The enemy has not achieved his goals, he has failed."

Reuters could not immediately confirm the Russian allegations, and Ukraine did not immediately comment.

The Russian ministry also released a video that it says shows several Ukrainian armored vehicles on fire after the collision.

Russian forces killed 250 Ukrainian soldiers and destroyed 16 tanks, combat vehicles and 21 armored personnel carriers, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The chief of the Russian military staff, Valery Gerasimov, the commander of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, stated on Telegram that he was in the area attacked by the Ukrainian forces.

At the moment, it is still unclear whether the alleged attack represents the beginning of the long-awaited offensive by which Ukraine wants to return the territory under Russian control. On Sunday, an official Kiev called for "silence" before the offensive, British media remind.

Ukraine has sought to weaken Russian positions in recent weeks, and at the end of May a senior official said that preliminary operations, such as destroying supply chains and destroying warehouses, had already begun.

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