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Zelenskiy Tells Officials to Stop Discussing Ukraine Military Tactics

Zelenskiy Tells Officials to Stop Discussing Ukraine Military Tactics

Friday, 12 August, 2022 - 08:00
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy - AFP

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday told officials to stop talking to reporters about Kyiv's military tactics against Russia, saying such remarks were "frankly irresponsible".

In the wake of blasts that wrecked a Russian air base in Crimea on Tuesday, the New York Times and Washington Post newspapers cited unidentified officials as saying Ukrainian forces were responsible. The government in Kyiv, on the other hand, declined to say whether it had been behind the explosions, according to Reuters.

"War is definitely not the time for vanity and loud statements. The fewer details you divulge about our defense plans, the better it will be for the implementation of those defense plans," Zelenskiy said in an evening address.

"If you want to generate loud headlines, that's one thing - it's frankly irresponsible. If you want victory for Ukraine, that is another thing, and you should be aware of your responsibility for every word you say about our state's plans for defense or counter attacks."

Zelenskiy addressed his remarks to state, local and military officials as well as other people he said were commenting on events at the front.

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