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Ukraine to launch counteroffensive by mid-June: Zelenskyy aide

Arms deliveries from U.S., Europe enable fight back against Russian troops

Ukrainian presidential aide Oleksiy Arestovich speaks during an online interview with Nikkei Asia on May 1. (Photo courtesy of Ukrainian Presidential Office)

VIENNA -- Ukraine will be able to go on the offensive against Russia between late May and mid-June, thanks to weapons supplied by the U.S. and European countries, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said.

The remark by Oleksiy Arestovich in an online interview with Nikkei Asia on Sunday suggests an acceleration in the pace of the war, as experts predict Russia will stage all-out attacks before its May 9 Victory Day, which commemorates the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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