May 28, 2023
Military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (illustration)

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Ukraine lacks the intentions and the necessary weapons to strike at Russian territory during the expected counter-offensive. This was announced on Sunday, May 14, by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, answering the question whether he considers it possible to take control of part of Russian territory to strengthen the negotiating position, transmits RIA News.

“We are not attacking the territory of Russia <...> We have neither the strength nor the time for this. And we have no weapons left with which we could do this,” Zelensky said during a press conference with the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.

The President of Ukraine also said that the preparation of the Ukrainian army for the counteroffensive continues. According to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine “are almost ready for success.” At the same time, Zelensky admitted that in case of failure, Kyiv and a number of its partners would think about the need for peace negotiations.

this week Zelensky toldthat the brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine formed for the counteroffensive are already fully prepared, but the troops are still lacking in some things. Therefore, he emphasized that the army needed a little more time to prepare for the announced offensive. In addition, on Tuesday, the Security Council of Ukraine reported that the final plan of the counteroffensive not approved yet. Experts are considering several options.

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