Zelensky on the counterattack by the AFU: we will move forward on the battlefield as we see fit
Ukrainian troops are making progress on the battlefield "slower than we would like". But the counterattack is not a Hollywood blockbuster; there will be no immediate results, because people's lives are at stake.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this in an interview with the BBC in the margins of the conference on the reconstruction of Ukraine in London. The Ukrainian head of state stressed that Ukraine would conduct a counteroffensive operation to liberate its land as it deems necessary.
The weekly said that Zelensky admitted that the Ukrainian troops were making progress on the battlefield "more slowly than we would like" during several weeks of the offensive operation. However, the rush where people's lives are at stake is considered inappropriate by the head of state.
"Some people think this is a Hollywood movie and expect results now. It's not. People's lives are at stake," he said.
Zelensky recalled that since the beginning of June, the Ukrainian military managed to de-occupy eight settlements in the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions.
According to him, the main difficulty for the Ukrainian soldiers is the Ukrainian territories mined by the Russian occupants: we are talking about 200 thousand square kilometers, dotted with Russian explosive devices.
And that is why the Ukrainian military will not adjust their plans to anyone's expectations.
"No matter what anyone wants, including attempts to pressure us, with all due respect, we will move forward on the battlefield as we see fit," Zelensky added.
As a reminder, earlier the Ukrainian president said that Ukraine already belongs to the NATO security space. According to him, Kyiv expects courage from the leaders of the Alliance in recognizing this fact.
Zelensky also named the basis for peace in Ukraine. It, in his opinion, consists of five points.