Zelensky’s office called the deadline for the readiness of Ukrainian forces for a counteroffensive
Aleksey Arestovich announced Ukraine's possible readiness for a “counteroffensive” by the end of June Advisor to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Aleksey Arestovich said that Ukraine could prepare for a counteroffensive by the end of June or early July. He linked the possibility of this with significant deliveries of foreign weapons. Zelensky's office called the deadline for the readiness of Ukrainian forces for a counteroffensive” />
Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, believes that Ukraine may be ready for a counteroffensive by early July, provided that foreign arms supplies continue. Arestovich stated this in an interview with the TV channel “Ukraine 24”.
“A counteroffensive is possible with the accumulation of a large number of Western weapons, which is enough for several brigades, completely rearmed, trained, well-coordinated. After that we can advance. In terms of timing, this will most likely be the end of June— beginning of July»,— Zelenskiy's office adviser said.
According to his forecasts, the first artillery pieces will arrive in Ukraine in late May or early June. «And in order to attack— not earlier than the second half of June»,— added Arestovich.
In April, Western countries began to increase their supply of weapons to Ukraine after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the United States to provide Ukraine with heavy weapons earlier this month because the military “does not want to receive bulletproof vests and helmets.” Arestovich, in turn, stated that during the special operation of Russia in Ukraine, almost all of its own defense industry was destroyed.
On April 21, the US announced the delivery of additional military aid to Ukraine, including 72 howitzers and 121 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones. For American howitzers, 144 thousand shells and 72 tactical vehicles for towing will also be sent to Ukraine. In addition, Kyiv will receive field equipment and spare parts. On April 22, the US State Department announced the supply of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and spare parts for military aircraft to Ukraine.
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US President Joseph Biden announced a new aid package for Kyiv. According to him, the security assistance package is estimated at $800 million, and Washington will allocate another $500 million as direct economic support.
On April 22, the Canadian authorities also announced the transfer of heavy weapons to Kyiv after Zelensky's request. It was about several M-777 howitzers and their ammunition, as well as Carl Gustaf anti-tank grenade launchers. These howitzers are capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 30 km.
On the same day, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the transfer of 155-mm Caesar self-propelled artillery guns and Milan anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine. As the French publication Ouest-France found out, France will transfer 12 such guns, they are capable of hitting targets at a distance of 40 km.
The authorities of the Netherlands have promised to send long-range armored self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. In Germany, they said that they are considering the possibility of supplying self-propelled guns to Kyiv. The newspaper Welt am Sonntag, citing sources in the Ukrainian ruling circles, wrote that the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) was ready to send 100 Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Kyiv for €1.7 billion.
The Russian authorities have a negative attitude towards the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine. The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, called the deliveries “pumped”, expressing confidence that a significant part of the weapons in Ukraine falls into the hands of “bandits, Nazis, terrorists and criminals.” The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, considered the supply of weapons “another mousetrap”, pointing out what kind of “this junk” Ukrainian citizens will pay.
At the same time, the Kremlin is confident that the supply of weapons to Ukraine from the West does not carry risks for Moscow to achieve the goals of the special operation. “These weapons are not enough to stop our advance,” — spoke earlier the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. Russia will consider any shipments of Western weapons in Ukraine a “legitimate target”, warned Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on May 4 declared any NATO transport with weapons that arrived in Ukraine to be a legitimate target and ammunition. According to him, the United States and its NATO allies continue to “pump Ukraine with weapons.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense almost daily reports attacks on warehouses that contain foreign weapons supplied to Ukraine, as well as on electrical substations on iron the roads along which such weapons are transported.
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