Last Updated: September 12, 2022, 23:25 IST
New Delhi, India
Ukraine’s defence minister has warned the country needs to secure liberated territory against a possible Russian counterattack. Reznikov also told French daily Le Monde that the ongoing counteroffensive is the “third phase" of Ukraine's plan to defeat Russia. The first phase dissuaded Russia from pressing its attack, while the second aimed at "stabilising the front and testing their capacities for resilience". Meanwhile, Ukraine’s southern military command said its forces have retaken about 500 square km of territory in the south. The Ukrainian army has been progressing more slowly with its southern counteroffensive compared with its operation in the country’s northeast.