Read a live blog on the war in Ukraine from Thursday 11 May here

Read a live blog on the war in Ukraine from Thursday 11 May here

Ukraine still needs time to launch a long-awaited counteroffensive against Russian forces. It has Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during an interview with several international media in Kiev.

According to the President of Ukraine, the most important arrangements have been completed. The President said that NATO countries have trained combat forces and troops ready. We are still waiting for part of the equipment promised by the West, including armored vehicles. Most of it has arrived now, but not all of it yet.

“I think we can go forward with what we already have and be successful,” the president said in an interview with public broadcasters, members of Eurovision News, including the BBC. “But we will lose a lot of people. I think this is unacceptable. So we have to wait. We need some more time,” he said.

Ukraine has been preparing for months for a counteroffensive to liberate occupied territories in the south and east of the country. Speculation has been rife for weeks that an attack could erupt at any moment now that the weather is improving and the bulk of Western weapons, including modern Panther-2 tanks, have arrived.

At the same time, Western pundits and politicians have expressed disbelief over Ukraine’s ability to make significant territorial gains, both openly and behind closed doors. AUnlike the successful Ukrainian counteroffensive last fall, the Russian military now has enough time. Prepare to counter attack. As a result, Ukraine cannot overwhelm the Russians anytime soon. DIt has been in recent times The Russian army dug hundreds of kilometers of trenches The front line runs from Luhansk and Donetsk in the east and Zaporizhia and Kherson in the south of Ukraine.

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Tom Kieft

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