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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Friday that "slower" arms shipments from Western countries were threatening his counteroffensive, calling for more powerful and long-range weapons to push back Russian forces.

Ukraine launched its counteroffensive in June after stockpiling Western weapons, but has made limited gains as its troops encounter heavily fortified Russian defensive lines.

"All processes are becoming more complicated and slower — from sanctions to the provision of weapons," Zelensky said in comments published on the presidential website.

"The longer it takes, the more people suffer," he warned.

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