(Bloomberg) -- Preparations continue for Ukraine’s highly anticipated counteroffensive against Russian occupying forces in the south and southeast, and a top adviser warned that Kyiv is still short of weapons and ammunition — despite the president’s globe-trotting pursuit of military aid.

“If you want to start a successful counter-offensive you need everything at your disposal, including artillery, armored vehicles and tanks, so probably we don’t have enough,” Ihor Zhovkva, Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s chief foreign affairs adviser, told the Sunday Times. 

The comments came a day after Zelenskiy told the Wall Street Journal interview that Ukraine is ready for its counteroffensive while warning that “large number of soldiers will die.” Ukraine’s military asked on Sunday for discretion around the potential start of the campaign, using the slogan “plans love silence” in a video.

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