Zelensky: I warned, the slower the delivery, the slower the counterattack

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he had warned the United States and other Western countries that the longer it took allies to deliver the weapons and ammunition they had promised for the counteroffensive, the slower the counteroffensive would progress.

According to the report, Zelensky said in an interview with CNN on the evening of the 5th local time that Ukraine had wanted to launch a campaign earlier, but had to wait for advanced weapons.

“The U.S. took the lead in supporting Ukraine, and I appreciate that, but I told them and the European leaders that we want to start the counteroffensive earlier, and we need all the weapons and materiel for the counteroffensive,” he said through an interpreter.

“Why? Because the later we start, the slower the progress.”

The report pointed out that the slow progress of the counteroffensive has become a topic of repeated talk among allies and pro-Russian military bloggers who evaluate the counteroffensive, which has encountered a lot of resistance from Russia.

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week that Ukrainian forces were “intentionally advancing steadily.”

He said he was not surprised by the fact that the offensive to retake Russian-occupied territory has not advanced as quickly as many experts had predicted.

“It’s going to take a long time, it’s going to be very, very bloody, and nobody should have any illusions about that,” Milley said.

“Ukrainian soldiers are attacking through minefields and trenches, and it’s their real battle for survival. So, yes, it’s true, it’s a little slow going, but that’s part of the nature of warfare.”

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