Zelenskyy, Macron discuss bolstering Ukraine forces for counteroffensive

Ukraine says President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has discussed the country's counteroffensive against Russia with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Zelenskyy met Macron in Paris on Sunday evening.

Ukraine's presidential office says the talks focused on military assistance to the country by France, in particular the priority needs to strengthen defense capabilities.

It says the leaders also discussed practical cooperation to strengthen Ukraine's forces for an effective counteroffensive to liberate the occupied territories.

Macron's office says France will provide dozens of armored vehicles and light tanks to Ukraine in the coming weeks.

Zelenskyy visited Italy, the Vatican and Germany from Saturday through Sunday before arriving in France.

In Germany, Zelenskyy was asked if Ukraine had gained enough weapons aid for the counteroffensive.

He said in response that "a few more visits" will be enough, suggesting that preparations for the counteroffensive are progressing with support from the US and European countries.