Zelenskyy repeats request for battle tanks in fight against Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stressed that his country will continue its counteroffensive against invading Russian forces.

Zelenskyy said in a video released on Tuesday that Russia is preparing for a new wave of aggression that is already increasing pressure on Bakhmut, a Ukrainian stronghold in the eastern Donetsk region. He said, "Our forces must retain the initiative in the war."

Zelenskyy referred to advanced battle tanks he has been requesting from Ukraine's supporters. He said Ukraine's need was great. He said their allies have the necessary number of tanks, suggesting that 10 or 15 was not enough. He stressed the negotiations need to end with decisions that will really strengthen Ukraine's defense against "terrorists."

In the video, Zelenskyy also touched on personnel decisions, apparently referring to the latest high-level shake-up in the Ukrainian government.

Resignations this week included Kyrylo Tymoshenko, a close aide of Zelenskyy serving as deputy head of the presidential office, and Deputy Defence Minister Viacheslav Shapovalov.

Another senior official in the infrastructure ministry was dismissed on Sunday after being detained for allegedly receiving bribes.

Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenko was removed from his post after media reported that he had holidayed in Spain.

Zelenskyy said in the video that any internal problems that hinder the state are being cleaned up.