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Ukraine Counteroffensive on Hold

Ukraine needs more time to begin its anticipated counteroffensive against Russia as it waits for armored vehicles and weapons promised by Western allies, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told broadcasters yesterday.

Ukraine has started to receive advanced weapons and training from Western nations, including the US, but not everything has arrived, Zelenskyy said. He added the cost in lives would be too great if Ukraine were to proceed now with a counteroffensive. The latest holdup comes after spring weather in Ukraine caused muddy conditions, slowing down troops.

In related news, the UK became the first country yesterday to send long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine, which have a range of over 155 miles and could allow Ukraine to target areas behind the front lines, including Russian-occupied Crimea. Truck-mounted HIMARS launchers sent by the US can hit targets up to 50 miles away. See weapons Western allies have pledged here.

Separately, some Russian soldiers have reportedly left their positions in the eastern city of Bakhmut, with Ukraine making gains in recent days. See updates here.

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