Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said in an interview with the BBC that the counteroffensive had not yet begun, but could start “tomorrow or in a week.” He did not name specific dates, but specified that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will launch an offensive when the commanders decide that Kyiv “can achieve the best result at this stage of the war.”
According to Mr. Danilov, Ukraine “has a very responsible task,” and the country’s authorities understand that “they have no right to make a mistake.” When asked if the Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready for an offensive, he replied: “We are always ready. Just like we were ready to defend our country at any time… It can (offensive.— “b”) happen tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, or in a week.
On May 23, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, said that the military had already received the minimum of weapons necessary to launch a counteroffensive. On May 25, Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had begun separate operations as part of a counteroffensive. Meanwhile, according to Politico, the US is preparing for a conflict between Russia and Ukraine that will last for many years or even decades.