Ukraine’s counterattack towards Russia will succeed: Zelensky


Ukraine conflict

June 3, 2023 | 2:45 p.m

Ukraine’s president stated on Saturday he was assured his war-ravaged nation’s latest counter-offensive would finish in victory towards Russia regardless of an “unprecedented” barrage of missile and drone assaults in latest weeks.

“We strongly consider that we’ll succeed,” Volodymyr Zelensky stated in an interview with the Wall Avenue Journal.

“I don’t know the way lengthy it is going to take. To be trustworthy, it might go in lots of utterly alternative ways. However we’ll do it whereas we’re prepared.”

This optimism was echoed by Ukraine’s deputy protection minister, who described Russia’s use of ballistic missiles in a strategic final resortstating that Ukraine’s air protection system was “greater than 90 p.c efficient towards assaults”.

Along with cruise missile strikes, Volodymyr Havrilov stated, Ukraine confronted steady ballistic missile assaults in Could, particularly in city facilities together with the capital Kiev.

“Their fundamental goal is to cease our counterattack and goal the decision-making facilities,” stated Havrilov, who was attending the Shangri-La Worldwide Safety Convention in Singapore on Saturday.

Zelensky, 45, hopes the counteroffensive to reclaim territory will change the dynamics of the conflict that has raged since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

However the Ukrainian chief admitted that “a lot of troopers will die” on the entrance strains of the brand new effort due to Russia’s superior air energy.

Final month, Zelensky stated Ukraine wanted to attend for extra Western armored autos to reach earlier than launching a counterattack.
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Ukrainian troopers firing a cannon close to Bakhmut.

Final month, Zelensky stated Ukraine wanted to attend for extra Western armored autos to reach earlier than launching a counterattack, and that it was on a diplomatic mission to bolster Western assist, which he stated was key for Ukraine to reach its plans.

He additionally stated that Ukraine urgently wants extra US Patriot missile protection techniques to guard civilians from air assaults. Zelensky instructed the outlet that he would have favored to have the weapons earlier than launching the counterattack.

“We’d prefer to get sure issues, however we are able to’t look ahead to months,” he stated, including that if his nation is unable to fend off Russia, “this animal, the beast, will develop a style” for extra invasions by different nations.

Russia has parcels of Ukrainian territory within the east, south and southeast of the nation.

On Saturday, the Ukrainian army stated in a every day briefing that combating in Marinka within the Donetsk area within the east was the epicenter of the combating. All 14 Russian forces’ assaults there have been repelled by Ukrainian forces.

As optimistic as Zelensky is about Ukraine’s counterattack, he admitted to the newspaper that he worries concerning the 2024 US presidential election.

President Biden, 80, has despatched greater than $37 billion to the war-torn nation, together with one other $300 million for weapons earlier this month. In the meantime, former President Trump, the Republican frontrunner within the 2024 election, bragged that he would finish the Ukraine conflict “inside 24 hours” of main peace talks, however the 76-year-old declined to say how.

“In such a state of affairs, when there’s assist, you might be afraid of adjustments,” Zelensky stated. “And to be trustworthy, once you point out a change in administration, I really feel the identical means as everybody else — you need adjustments for the higher, however it will also be the opposite means round.”

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