US: Russian-Directed Counteroffensive Is Underway in Ukraine


State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that Russian incursions in southeastern Ukraine “indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk.”

Ukraine reported that pro-Russian rebel forces entered astrategically critical town in the southeast on Wednesday,Censor.NET reports citing Freebeacon.

"We've also seen reports of separatists shellingresidential areas in a coastal town between the border andMariupol, and we have seen reports of heavy fighting and shellingnear the city and airport in Donetsk," Psaki toldreporters.

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Psaki said the news was "of deep concern tous."

"We're also concerned by the Russian government'sunwillingness to tell the truth even as its soldiers are found 30miles inside Ukraine," Psaki said. "Russia is sending its young meninto Ukraine, but are telling - are not telling them where they'regoing or telling their parents what they're doing."

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A reporter asked Psaki why she used the word "likely"rather than outright confirming that a counteroffensive isunderway.

"I decided to say 'likely,'" Psaki replied.

"I wouldn't be saying it," she added, "if we weren't asconcerned as my comments indicate."

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