“The hour has come: the West must give Zelensky what he needs,” threw Sunday Times two days before the collapse of the New Kakhovka Dam in southern Ukraine. Tanks, planes: “if we believe that Russia poses a threat to European security”, nascent Ukrainian counter-offensive in the east and south of the country “must pass”.

The destruction on Tuesday June 6 of one of the most important hydroelectric plants in the world added to the belligerent tone of the British Conservative press. “Ukraine received the right to strike at the territory of Russia”, adds Daily Telegraph. Defense Minister Con Coughlin says there is no need to wait for the results of the investigation into the causes of the disaster: since the beginning of the invasion, the Kremlin army has shown blatant disregard for the lives of civilians. “from repeated attacks on power grids to explosions of residential areas.”

By the way, two London publications mark in June a key moment for Kyiv: the desire to win. “full” now playing. “The UK must take the lead in convincing its Western allies that military success is possible and that Ukraine is not required to cede large parts of its territory,” insists Sunday Times.

Allies of President Volodymyr Zelensky certainly do not want the Ukrainian army to directly attack Russia. “This is evidenced by the restriction that Washington imposes on the type of weapons supplied, fearing an escalation.” But recent shelling of Russian oil facilities and cross-border incursions by anti-Kremlin militias “with the support of Ukraine” seem “to show that Kyiv decided to attack at all costs”, insists Daily Telegraph. According to Con Coughlin, attacking Russian military bases or ammunition depots would be perfectly legal. “It’s about weakening Moscow’s ability to continue this war.”