KHARKIV OBLAST, Feb 26 — On February 25, at the “Ukraine. The Year 2024” forum, President Zelenskyy said that Ukraine could take offensive actions when it will have a 1-to-1 ratio of weapons to Russia’s.

“Russian pressure in the Kharkiv direction, near Kupiansk, is quite powerful. By the end of 2023 and at the beginning of this year, the intensity of artillery usage by the Russians was 1-to-12 [where 1 is Ukraine’s artillery application, and 12 is Russia’s — ed.]. Now we have 1-to-6.6. This is a decrease in their advantage in numbers, but it is significant,” the President of Ukraine said.

Zelenskyy noted that Ukraine needs to get to the point where the ratio at the front is 1-to-1.5 or 1-to-3 — as it was when Ukraine launched its previous counter-offensive. Then, the Ukrainian Armed Forces can push the Russian army back. The President said that under other conditions, Ukraine would either hold its ground or lose territory.

According to the President, Ukraine must “put pressure on its partners regarding the packages [they] discussed, agreed and signed.” As soon as Ukraine and Russia has 1-to-1 ration in terms of weapons, Zelenskyy says, Russians will definitely have fewer chances.

Gwara Media journalists highlighted Zelenskyy’s main points from the press conference.

In the morning brief on February 26, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian troops repelled six Russian attacks in the Kupiansk direction. On February 24, the Russian army did not conduct offensive on the Kupiansk axis. On February 23, Russians launched two unsuccessful attacks on the Ukrainian defenders’ positions near Synkivka, Kharkiv Oblast.

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