Ukraine drills ahead of expected counter-offensive

STORY: The key goal of the training was to prepare soldiers for offensive actions, according to Ukraine’s military.

“People are ready to act, they want this. I think that they will be ready to execute any order in the shortest time,” said Deputy Brigade Commander, who uses call-sign ‘Discus’.

The war is coming to a crucial juncture after a months-long Russian winter offensive that gained little ground despite the bloodiest fighting so far.

Kyiv is preparing a counteroffensive using hundreds of tanks and armoured vehicles sent by the West.