President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday, July 29, he was visiting "advanced positions" of Ukraine's special forces near the hotspot of Bakhmut as Kyiv ramps up its counter-offensive.

"The Bakhmut direction, advanced positions of the Special Operations Forces," Zelensky said on messaging app Telegram.

"I am here to congratulate our warriors on their professional day, to honor their strength."

Zelensky said he was not at liberty to disclose details of the special forces' current operations.

He said he heard a commander's report and spoke with the troops, praising their "truly heroic" performance.

Ukraine last month began its highly anticipated fightback after stockpiling Western weapons and building up its offensive forces.

Kyiv has however admitted difficult battles and called on the United States and other allies to provide long-range weapons and artillery.


Ukrainian authorities have said Kyiv's troops are gradually moving forward near the eastern city of Bakhmut, which Russian forces seized in May.

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How many Russians are needed to screw in a light bulb?
One to hold the bulb and four to turn the stepladder.
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Zelensky visits the front good on yah sir proves he cares about the troops. Putin doesn't because he dosnt care about anyone but himself. I don't really know if he has body doubles but if he does what a wuss.

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@Oslo, Putin does not dare visit his font lines. He might be assassinated by other Russians or his own troops well before he reaches the front lines. His past visits have never been closer than 100 km from the front line. He does not visit public places in Moscow. That says a lot.