Ukraine still needs "a bit more time" before it launches its long-awaited counteroffensive, as Kyiv's forces await the arrival of more weapons from their Western allies, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
“With [what we have] we can go forward and be successful,” Zelensky told European public service broadcasters in an interview published Thursday. “But we'd lose a lot of people. I think that's unacceptable. So we need to wait. We still need a bit more time."
Among the supplies Ukraine is waiting for are armored vehicles, including tanks, which Zelensky said were “arriving in batches.”
They include German Leopard 2s and British Challenger 2s, along with other armored vehicles like American Bradleys and Strykers.
“We're still expecting some things. They will reinforce our counter offensive and most importantly, they will protect our people,” he said. “We’re expecting armoured vehicles, they arrive in batches.”
However, Zelensky said Ukrainian forces are prepared.
“Mentally, we're ready; in terms of how motivated our military are, we're ready; in terms of enough personnel and our brigades, we’re ready,” he said. “In terms of equipment, not everything has arrived yet.”