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    Ukrainian President Says Counteroffensive Does Not Aim to Attack Russian Territory

    Ukrainian President Says Counteroffensive Does Not Aim to Attack Russian Territory

    (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday that his country is preparing a counteroffensive designed to liberate areas occupied by , not to attack Russian territory.

    Speaking during a news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, Zelenskyy said Ukraine's goal is to free the territories within its internationally recognized borders.

    There has been speculation that Ukraine might try to capture areas in Russia proper and use them as bargaining chips in possible peace negotiations to end the war launched by in February 2022.

    Pressed by reporters on the issue, Zelenskyy said: “We don't attack Russian territory, we liberate our own legitimate territory.”

    “We have neither the time nor the strength (to attack Russia),” he said, according to an official interpreter. “And we also don't have weapons to spare, with which we could do this.”

    “We are preparing a counterattack for the illegally occupied areas based on our constitutionally defined legitimate borders, which are recognized internationally,” Zelenskyy said.

    The Ukrainian president is visiting allies in search of further arms to help his country fend off the Russian invasion, and funds to rebuild what's been destroyed by more than a year of devastating conflict.

    A Luftwaffe jet flew Zelenskyy to the German capital from , where he had met Saturday with Pope Francis and Italian Premier Giorgia…

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