"We know that Ukrainians are planning a counterattack in the coming weeks," Voice of America quotes Blinken.

According to the secretary, Kyiv’s success on the battlefield is the best and perhaps the quickest way to negotiations that would bring a just and lasting peace.

Blinken reiterated that Russia's plans for Ukraine have already suffered defeat, adding that another Ukrainian military victory could break what currently seems to be a stalemate in the war.

On May 1, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov stated that preparations for the counteroffensive are in the home stretch.

Previously, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar announced that Ukrainian defenders are already conducting limited counterattacks in the eastern Ukraine.