Ukraine needs “a little more time” to launch its long-awaited counteroffensive as Kiev’s forces await the arrival of more weapons from Western allies, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
“(With what we have) we can go forward and be successful,” Zelenskiy told European public broadcaster in an interview published Thursday. “But we are going to lose a lot of people. I don’t think that is acceptable. So we have to wait. We need more time.
Among the supplies Ukraine is waiting for are armored vehicles, including tanks, which President Zelensky said had “arrived en masse.”
These include the German Leopard 2 and British Challenger 2, as well as other armored vehicles such as the American Bradley and Stryker. Mr Zelensky’s comments came a day after the United States announced a new $1.2 billion aid package to Ukraine to strengthen its air defenses and maintain ammunition supplies.
“We still hope for a few things. They will strengthen our counterattack and, above all, protect our people,” he said. “We expect the armored vehicles to arrive in a few.”
But President Zelensky said the Ukrainian army is ready.
“Mentally, we are ready. In terms of motivating the army, we are ready. In terms of having enough men and brigades, we are ready,” he said. rice field. “We don’t have all the equipment yet.”