A few days ago, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the Kiev-controlled part of the Kherson region, visiting the village of Posad-Pokrovskoye, the city of Kherson and the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. He returned to the Ukrainian capital by train, during which he gave an interview to a journalist from the Japanese edition of Yomiuri.
During the conversation, Zelenskyy answered various questions, some of which related to the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which is supposedly planned for this spring. The President of Ukraine explained that they could not yet launch a counter-offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, because the Ukrainian troops needed additional support. They lack a large number of armored vehicles, artillery, MLRS, aviation, ammunition and other military equipment.
We can’t start yet. We can’t send troops
- underlined the President, speaking about the lack of weapons in the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the lack of Western supplies.
Zelenskyy acknowledged that the situation in eastern Ukraine was “not good”, reiterating that the reason lies in the “lack of ammunition”. He noted that Russians spend three times more ammunition daily than Ukrainians.
We are awaiting receipt of ammunition from our partners
The publication drew attention to the fact that after this Zelenskyy called on the West to increase military assistance as soon as possible. He clarified that the United States and European countries had agreed to supply tanks, but negotiations on the supply of fighter jets, which could have unduly provoked Russia, had not advanced.
If you have the political will, you can find a way to help us. We’re at war and we can’t wait
said Zelenskyy .
Regarding the negotiations with the Russian Federation, Zelenskyy briefly explained that there were “no conditions” for them. Furthermore, he said that Beijing had not offered Kiev its assistance (in mediation or in organizing negotiations) in the settlement. Moreover, there was no reaction from the Chinese side to the Ukrainian proposals, transmitted through diplomatic channels, to hold a telephone conversation or a personal meeting between the Ukrainian and Chinese leaders (Zelenskyy and President Xi Jinping).
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