A Ukrainian brigade that vows to “destroy Russian troops” simulated a skirmish in the woods near Kyiv on Thursday, as the country pushes ahead with plans for a counteroffensive.

In a glade of pine trees, reconnaissance troops from the Bureviy brigade, playing the “enemy,” covered their faces in camouflage makeup and balaclavas, donned yeti-style suits and rolled in marsh water to blend in with their surroundings.

Then another group representing Ukrainian forces launched a surprise attack on them, shooting blanks and flinging smoke grenades.

Part of the National Guard internal troops, Bureviy, or storm, brigade is also known as the “first presidential brigade”. President Volodymyr Zelensky praised its “resilience” this week.

Bureviy says its name in Ukrainian can also be deciphered as “brigade to destroy Russian troops”.

The interior ministry in February announced the creation of several new armed formations, including Bureviy, run by the National Guard, police and border force.

It advertised for volunteers to join snappily titled brigades – with names such as Spartan, Steel Border, Rage – saying they would “strengthen us during the coming offensive.”

More than 23,000 people applied.

A serviceman belonging to the Ukrainian storm brigade "Bureviy", takes part in military exercises outside Kyiv on April 20, 2023. PHOTO: AFP

Ukraine has said they will aim to liberate regions that are now under Moscow occupation – including Crimea.

“It’s time to return what’s ours,” reads the National Guard’s recruitment site.An online ad for the Bureviy brigade warns: “Occupiers, a storm is coming!”

“At the beginning of the war, we took a defensive position. Our task was to restrain the enemy,” said one of the Bureviy soldiers, Taras, 41, who joined up soon after Russia’s invasion in February 2022.

‘Motivation is good’

Taras has fought in eastern hotspots including Bakhmut and Sieverodonetsk.

“Now we must go on the counteroffensive. We need to win back what was taken from us,” said the former manager in a factory making armoured doors.

This year, Kyiv has poured in resources, soldiers said.

“Now all our specialists (such as medics) are going abroad for training,” Taras said. “Now there is full supply of uniforms, body armour and helmets, and food.”

“Everything has changed a lot. The motivation is good.”

Servicemen belonging to the Ukrainian storm brigade "Bureviy", take part in military exercises outside Kyiv on April 20, 2023. PHOTO:AFP

New recruits are not immediately going into battle, he said.

“The units are divided so that there are fighters who have already been through battles and have experience, and we add recruits there.”

“It has become much better, our unit has grown four times larger, we have more instructors from the West. In general, the level of training has increased, there are more weapons,” said a 21-year-old intelligence officer with the call sign Bazooka, who joined almost three years ago.

Taras estimated that the brigade would not return to the front line for at least another month, while its specialists train abroad.

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Kenneth Germann
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I'm very surprised that Puttin ? Has not been assassinated yet

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John
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Ukraine will win because NATO is now pouring in the needed materiel (jets, drones, missiles, 💵💵💵💶💷....) and can't afford to lose. NATO's too big to fail and Russia is the greater evil as Christ controls history. 🇪🇺🇫🇮🇫🇰🇯🇵🇳🇿🇺🇸🇨🇦🇬🇧🇮🇱🇰🇷🏴‍☠️🇺🇳🇻🇮🇩🇪🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦....vs🇷🇺🇰🇵🇮🇷🇨🇳

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Nicholas
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Ukarine will lose. No doubt about it. Ukarine is like Germany in 1944. Death to NATO Nazi. Russia china will win...

Richard
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@Nicholas,

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Richard
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@Nicholas, "how's the kool aid?"

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D Y
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Because sooner or later the Russians won't believe it's actually coming. Then it will.

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Stephanie
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@ThoughtLife.God

The ennemy is not blind and can see some of your preparation. You can't deny it all. But you can play with its mind.

Say the Ukrainians still need three months to prepare. You announce the invasion in a month to lure the Russian to stop their attack and go into full defense mode. You save some troops and territory in the meantime.

Say your plan is to counterattack the east front and cut the resupply of Crimea. You announce the invasion of Crimea trying to lure Russian units there.

Say your counterattack will secretly come from the air, your annouce every tank comming in.

They ennemy may not take the bait, but at least you keep it on his toes.

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Tim
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God speed and bless your people from the USA!

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ThoughtLife.God
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Look at these 10 recent Kyiv Post headlines and tell me what you think. I found numerous headlines announcing Ukraine's planned counteroffensive attack on Russian forces. Why is Ukraine and the U.S. hellbent on letting the enemy know their military plans? Don't they believe in secrecy? How about a surprise attack? Why would you announce to Putin and the whole world that you have a large-scale major counteroffensive planned? That doesn't make sense to me! Letting Russia know your coming allows their military to stock up on weaponry and prepare. I don't get it. Am I missing something?

1. ‘A Storm is Coming’: Counteroffensive Training With the Ukrainian Brigade Vowing to ‘Destroy’ the Enemy
2. Here's What's In The US's Latest Military Aid Package For Ukraine (which Ukraine will need to sustain its expected offensive.)
3. Ukrainian Parliamentarian Publicly Speculates About Counteroffensive Attack Plan
4. Ukraine’s Offensive Will Succeed, Says Former Top US General
5. Canada’s Tanks Fly to Ukraine (In the build-up to Ukraine’s upcoming counteroffensive...)
6. 'Success of This Offensive Operation is Badly Needed' – Budanov
7. ‘Ukraine Will Counterattack in April-May,’ Defense Minister Reznikov Says
8. Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Will Start in Two Months, Zelensky’s Aide Says
9. Zelensky and His War Room Are Signaling an Imminent Spring Offensive
10. PM Says Ukrainian Counteroffensive More Likely in Summer than Spring

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Jacques Willemen
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@ThoughtLife.God, rasshist satanic nazi fascist terrorcountry from nazi fascist satanic terrorist cuntdicker dickcunter vladolf putler had a whole year before starting it endles 3-day war on KYIV its armies concentrated on the north, east and south "borders" of the great nation of UKLRAINE
so i don't see your point
a point as usually is a very large comment agian
perfection is in the limitation
and today 20th april, the day that that other big satanic fascist nazi terrorist cuntdicker dickcunter adolf hitler was born satanic fascist nazi terror rasshist still hasn't conquered Bakhmut
UKRAINE is gathering a big fleet and army in the waters of st. leninburg to attack there
so that is the fof war, they are gatherings toops on the coast of bladiwostock

ThoughtLife.God
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@Jacques Willemen,

Dus vertel me meneer Willemen, waarom bent u zo onbeschoft en waarom spreekt u met zo'n vuile mond tegen mij? Heb ik je beledigd? Trouwens, hoe is het weer daar vandaag in Rotterdam? Ik hoop dat je een prachtige dag hebt. God zegene je!

Hier is een bijbelvers voor u vandaag: "Maar nu moet je jezelf ook ontdoen van al dit soort dingen: woede, woede, kwaadaardigheid, laster en vuile taal van je lippen." (Kolossenzen 3:8)


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So tell me Mr. Willemen, why are you so rude and why do you speak with such a foul mouth against me? Have I offended you? By the way, how is the weather there today in Rotterdam? I hope you have a wonderful day. God bless you! Here is a Bible verse for you today:

" But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips." (Colossians 3:8)

Slava Ukraini!

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Jacques Willemen
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@ThoughtLife.God, foul mouth? we in Germany are direct. blitzschnell. don't hide behind website with the word god in it
it doesn't make you holy or descent
a lot of dicktators when criticized hide behind the facade of decency and come with defense to attack the criticaster as what they are saying is indecent, or dicktators say "it are domestic affairs"
and yeah you write a lot of nonsens and contradict yourself a lot in the same comment and in several different comments

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