June 5, 2023 Russia-Ukraine news

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Updated 12:48 a.m. ET, June 6, 2023
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2:45 a.m. ET, June 5, 2023

US believes Ukraine's counteroffensive will see Kyiv take back "strategically significant territory"

From CNN's Sam Fossum

The United States believes the highly anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive will result in Kyiv taking back "strategically significant territory," Jake Sullivan, US President Joe Biden's national security adviser, told CNN's Fareed Zakaria.

“Exactly how much, in what places, that will be up to developments on the ground as the Ukrainians get this counteroffensive underway,” Sullivan said. “But we believe that the Ukrainians will meet with success in this counteroffensive.”

Asked if this meant he expected some form of negotiations by the end of this year, Sullivan wouldn’t provide any sort of timetable but said that developments on the battlefield will have a “major impact” on any future negotiation.

“But what I will say is this: President Zelensky himself has said that this war will end ultimately through diplomacy,” Sullivan said.

Western help: Ukraine has delayed its counteroffensive as it awaits the arrival of Western military aid, including modern battle tanks.

Ukrainian forces have already begun training on US Abrams tanks and US officials have previously said they are working to speed up delivery to the battlefield.

Though the US had originally said it would send the newer M1A2 versions of the tanks, officials said in March that the Ukrainians would instead get the M1A1, dramatically accelerating the timeline for their delivery.

In January, Russia's ambassador to the United States said in a statement that Russian forces would destroy US-made M1 Abrams tanks and other NATO military equipment if they are supplied to Ukraine.

"If a decision to transfer to Kiev M1 Abrams is made, American tanks without any doubt will be destroyed as all other samples of NATO military equipment," said Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov.

In addition to tanks being provided by the US, Ukraine is also receiving German Leopard 2 tanks and British Challengers.

This post has been updated with additional information.