President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine’s forces are able to conduct offensive operations in the country’s south, thanks to "those who endure the Russian attacks in Donetsk Oblast."
Source: President Zelenskyy’s video address
Quote from Zelenskyy: "The gratitude that our defenders in Kherson Oblast are receiving now is gratitude to all of you. To everyone who is fighting for Ukraine, working for our victory, helping, each in their own way, and achieving the results our country needs.
And, above all, this gratitude goes to those who endure the Russian attacks in Donetsk Oblast; it’s just hell there. Extremely brutal battles are taking place there every day. But our units are bravely mounting defence, withstanding the terrible pressure applied by the occupiers, and maintaining our defence lines. This is very important. Thanks to the strong defence there, in Donetsk Oblast, we can conduct offensive operations on other fronts. I thank all our soldiers defending Ukraine in these particularly tough battles in Pavlivka, Marinka, Pervomaiske,