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Ukraine's top general, Valery Zaluzhny, wants shells, planes and patience

By Isabelle Khurshudyan

30 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Gen. Valery Zaluzhny, the top officer in Ukraine's armed forces, has expressed frustration over the lack of resources and weapons needed for Ukraine's counteroffensive against Russia.

KYIV, Ukraine - For Ukraine's counteroffensive to progress faster, Gen. Valery Zaluzhny, the top officer in Ukraine's armed forces, says he needs more - of every weapon. And he is telling anyone who will listen, including his American counterpart Gen. Mark A. Milley as recently as Wednesday, that he needs those resources now.

In a rare, wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post, Zaluzhny expressed frustration that while his biggest Western backers would never launch an offensive without air superiority, Ukraine still has not received modern fighter jets but is expected to rapidly take back territory from the occupying Russians. American-made F-16s, promised only recently, are not likely to arrive until the fall - in a best-case scenario.

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