Ukraine is ready to launch a counter-offensive to recover parts of its territory invaded by Russia following months of planning, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Friday.
“Preparations are coming to an end,” Reznikov told reporters in Kyiv, according to French newswire AFP.
“Equipment has been promised, prepared and partially delivered. In a global sense, we’re ready,” he added.
Kyiv has been preparing a major counteroffensive against Russian forces in the spring for months, pressing its Western allies to deliver ammunition and weapons to that effect.
Although the details of the offensive remain unclear, it is likely to take place as early as mid-May or early June.
Earlier on Friday, Russia launched 23 missiles targeting several Ukrainian cities, killing multiple people in the first massive air attack launched by Moscow in weeks.