It looks as if the ‘Big Push’ is finally on. Ukraine’s counter-offensive finally got underway two months ago but has been mostly artillery barrages alongside infantry advances by relatively small units. The bulk of the heavy armour provided by Western countries was held back. This week that changed.

Dozens of mechanised vehicles including German made-Leopard tanks and American-made Bradley Fighting Vehicles accompanied by thousands of troops advanced in three directions –the city of Bakhmut, and the regions of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia. In Bakhmut, Ukrainian troops have positioned themselves to attempt to encircle the city but the main thrust appears to be in Zaporizhzhia where the mechanised offensive appears to have broken through some of the Russian front lines.