May 29, 2023

Ukraine is not yet able to launch a counteroffensive due to a lack of ammunition and weapons, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

He described the situation in the east of the country as difficult.

We are waiting for the receipt of ammunition from our partners,”

Zelensky said.

We can’t start yet [контрнаступление]”, —

he added.

The Ukrainian leader noted that Kyiv cannot wait.

Zelenskiy also said the ground for peace talks was “completely unprepared” as Russia has to withdraw its troops.

The Kremlin argued that hostilities in Ukraine could end at any moment.

Zelensky knows when this can end. This can all end tomorrow if you wish, ”

said the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov.

However, this requires the will of the Ukrainian leadership, he noted.

The President of Ukraine was also skeptical about China’s proposals to resolve the conflict.

According to him, Kyiv has not received any requests for talks from Beijing.

Although, Zelensky recalled, Kyiv has transmitted its peace formula to Beijing through diplomatic channels and is waiting for a response.

This week, the Ukrainian leader drew attention to the fact that Ukraine and the West have “less new successes than new delays in joint actions.”

This distances us from achieving peace.”

Zelensky said.

He explained that Western countries, in particular, are delaying the supply of long-range missiles and modern fighters, and do not provide proper support for the summit proposed by Ukraine to discuss the peace formula.

Russia has been critical of Western arms supplies to Ukraine and insists that this will not prevent Moscow from achieving its goals.

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