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Ukraine’s southern offensive ‘was designed to trick Russia’

By Isobel Koshiw, Lorenzo Tondo and Artem Mazhulin

11 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A fascinating revelation from The Guardian: Ukraine’s long-publicized counteroffensive in the south was a Ukrainian disinformation operation meant to lure Russian forces away from the real target.

The much-publicised Ukrainian southern offensive was a disinformation campaign to distract Russia from the real one being prepared in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine’s special forces have said.

Ukrainian forces are continuing to make unexpected, rapid advances in the north-east of the country, retaking more than a third of the occupied Kharkiv region in three days. Much of Ukraine’s territorial gains were confirmed by Russia’s defence ministry on Saturday.

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