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Volodymyr Zelenskyy Says Ukraine Needs More Time Before Counteroffensive Against Russia

Volodymyr Zelenskyy Says Ukraine Needs More Time Before Counteroffensive Against Russia

The Ukrainian president judges that his army will lose “a lot of people” if his forces launch a counterattack now.

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Volodymyr Zelensky answers questions from the EBU in an interview on Thursday, May 11, 2023 (France Televisions)

kyiv are not yet in a position to counter attack. This is what Volodymyr Zelensky announced in an interview given to members of the EBU’s European Public Service media on Thursday, May 11. The Ukrainian president believes his military needs more time to prepare a major counteroffensive against Russian forces. “With [ce que nous avons] We can move forward and succeed. But we will lose many. I think this is unacceptable. So we have to wait. We need a little more time.”He says.

In recent weeks, the Ukrainian military has trained new forces and stockpiled ammunition and equipment provided by its Western allies. But the timetable for Kiev launching an expected counteroffensive to regain ground in Donetsk, Luhansk (east), Kherson or Zaporozhye (south) remains an open question. The Ukrainian Defense Minister made the pledge at the end of April “Preparations are coming to an end”. “Equipment has been promised, manufactured and partially delivered. In broad terms, we are ready, mentioned later Oleksii Reznikov. [Quand il y aura] Weather [adéquate] And we will do what the commanders decide.”

“No one can force Ukraine to give territories”

However, Volodymyr Zelensky told the EBU that his army needs more armored vehicles. He adds that Western sanctions against Moscow are having an impact on Russian troop resources. “They always have a lot [de stocks] in their warehouses, but (…) we already see that they have reduced the number of daily bombings in certain areas”.

The president of Ukraine has said that he is confident about the capabilities of his army “to try” Reclaim land from Russian forces and prevent conflict. He remembered that he was already in his country “Proposed a Plan for Peace”It insists on refraining from ceding the occupied territories to Moscow “No one can force Ukraine to cede territories.” Volodymyr Zelensky then asks: “Why would a country agree to cede its territories to Putin?”

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