In the interview with CNN, Zelenskiy also said he told US and European leaders before the counteroffensive that a lack of supplies would lead to more casualties.
“I am grateful to the United States as leaders for our support, but I told them and the European leaders that we would like to start our counteroffensive sooner, and we will need all the weapons and all the material for it.”
“Why? Just because if we start later it will go slower and we will have loss of life, because everything is heavily mined – we will have to go through everything.
Slow arms deliveries to Ukraine have delayed Kiev’s planned counteroffensive, allowing Russia to strengthen its defenses in occupied areas, including with mines, Zelenskiy said in a television interview broadcast on Wednesday.
Speaking via translator during the pre-recorded interview in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa a few days earlier, Zelenskiy said he had hoped to begin the counteroffensive against Russia “much sooner” than its actual start. early June.
“Our slowed counter-offensive is happening due to some difficulties on the battlefield. Everything is heavily mined there,” Zelensky said.
“I wanted our counter-offensive to happen much sooner, because everyone understood that if the counter-offensive happened later, a lot more of our territory would be mined.”
A separate video released by Lviv Governor Maksym Kozytski showed a multi-storey building with part of the top floor destroyed.
“As of now, the rubble is being dismantled. Of course, there will be injuries and deaths.
“We do everything we can to … save people.”
Eight people were injured in the strike and “around 60 apartments” were damaged, Sadovyi said.
“Windows were blown out, many cars were damaged, around 50 cars… there may be more people under the rubble,” he said on Telegram.
Earlier, he had warned that “several” missiles “were moving in the direction of western regions”, citing the Ukrainian Air Force Command.
Three people were killed after a missile hit a building in Lviv, western Ukraine, its mayor announced on Thursday.
A Russian missile “directly hit a residential building” in the city of Lviv, Governor Maksym Kozytski said in a video posted on Telegram.
Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi wrote in a message that the strike had already claimed “three lives”.
The missile caused a fire which was extinguished, Kozytski said, adding that emergency services were on the scene and rescuers were “sorting out the debris”.
Sadovyi earlier said on Telegram that a “series of explosions” had been heard and warned residents to stay in shelters.
One person was in “serious” condition and had been taken to hospital, he added.
On June 20, Lviv was hit by a major Russian drone assault on kyiv and other cities.
Welcome to our continuing live coverage of the war in Ukraine with me, Helen Sullivan.
Our story this morning: Three people were killed in a Russian missile attack that hit a building in Lviv overnight, the mayor of the western Ukrainian city said Thursday.
And Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said slow arms deliveries to Kiev delayed the planned counteroffensive, allowing Russia to strengthen its defenses in occupied areas, including with mines.
Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa days earlier, Zelensky said he had sought to launch the counteroffensive against Russia “much earlier” than its actual start in early June.
We’ll have more on these stories shortly. Elsewhere during this time:
UN observers on Wednesday called for better access to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, after Moscow and Kyiv swapped accusations over a possible “catastrophic” act of sabotage at the Russian-controlled facility in Ukraine. The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday it had not yet observed any indications of mines or explosives, but called for further access to the plant.
A man who detonated explosives at a courthouse in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv died on Wednesday, Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said. Police officers were injured in the explosion.
US President Joe Biden told Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on Wednesday that he was “looking forward” to the country’s stalled NATO bid getting final approval, as the western alliance prepares for the summit next week. Speaking in the Oval Office, Biden said he wanted to reiterate that he “fully, fully supports Sweden’s membership in NATO.” Biden added that he “looks forward” to the offer being ratified.
James Cleverly, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, and Ben Wallace, Britain’s Defense Secretary, joined their Polish counterparts Zbigniew Rau and Mariusz Blaszczak at a pre-NATO summit meeting in London on Wednesday. The two countries underlined their mutual agreement on defense and foreign policy ahead of next week’s NATO meeting.
The UN is doing “everything possible” to ensure that the Black Sea Grains Agreement and a memorandum of understanding to facilitate access of Russian fertilizers and other products to world markets are extended, said UN trade chief Rebeca Grynspan. “We need both to keep prices down and to have stable food and fertilizer markets around the world,” Grynspan told reporters in Geneva.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that Russian forces struck three Ukrainian army groups near Bakhmut, amid conflicting reports of fighting in the area. Reuters news agency could not independently verify the situation on the battlefield. The ministry did not comment in its daily briefing on reports that Russian forces had withdrawn from the village of Klishchiivka, southwest of Bakhmut, which a Russian-installed official in the east of the country said. Ukraine denied.
Vladimir Rogov, one of the prominent pro-Russian figures in the occupied Zaporizhzhia region, reported on his Telegram account that “the houses of local residents, a garage and a car were damaged” in the area due to the Ukrainian shots. He said there were no casualties. Claims have not been independently verified.
The former election spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named head of the state news agency Tass, according to a government decree issued on Wednesday. The Kremlin has tightened its control over the media since the start of the Ukrainian war, forcing the closure of major independent news outlets and designating many journalists and publications as “foreign agents”.
Next week’s NATO summit must offer “real security guarantees” to Ukraine, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said on Wednesday. Speaking in Warsaw alongside Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Meloni said Italy and Poland were “in complete agreement” on the issue, Reuters reported.
Russia has accused a small US-based charity of ‘sabotage’ the construction of a massive gas pipeline to China and banned it as an ‘undesirable organisation’. Jennifer Castner, director of the Altai Project, called the accusation absurd. The move follows a crackdown on numerous foreign NGOs in Russia, including a similar ban last month on the local branch of the environmental group WWF.
Russia said on Wednesday one person was killed and 41 others injuredincluding two children, by Ukrainian fire in the town of Makiivka, in eastern Ukraine, occupied by Russian forces.
Residential buildings and a medical facility were damaged by a Russian rocket attack on Druzhkivka in the Donetsk region at night.
Russian regions of Kursk and Belgorod came under fire from Ukrainian forces across the border in the early hours of Wednesdayregional governors said, adding that no casualties had been reported.