/ Go to the mediabankA Russian serviceman prepares a 2S5 Giatsint-S self-propelled howitzer before firing towards Ukrainian positions during Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Russia. / Go to the mediabankInternationalIndiaAfricaOn Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine needs more time to start its counteroffensive against Russian forces, because launching it now would lead to numerous casualties.The Ukrainian armed forces will not be able to cross the Dnepr River if they launch their hyped-up counteroffensive, a Russian soldier who is serving at coastal positions near the town of Kakhovka, Kherson Region, said.”We are aware of the counteroffensive. We are waiting and we are ready. The only way Ukrainian forces can counterattack us is by water. If even some forces swim to this shore, they will not be combat-ready at all. Our aviation is active, the artillery is active, we are ready, we will encounter them and the enemy will be defeated,” he assured.