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Ukraine war: Zelensky vows ‘ALL US AID GOES TO THE BATTLEFIELD’

By triji Apr 26, 2024

Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to American lawmakers on April 25 who did not vote for the new military aid package that Washington sent to Kiev. He did this while his government and administration are being harmed by several cases or accusations of corruption.

Don’t worry—everything is okay on the battlefield. Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the U.S. Congress on Thursday, April 25, for sending 61 billion dollars to help Ukraine, which has been at war with Russia for more than two years. Democrats and Republicans negotiated hard over this new envelope, and it was passed by a vote. The US has already sent tens of billions of dollars to Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelensky talked about the Republican lawmakers who voted against this aid in an interview with Fox News that our partners at Le Monde saw.

“Don’t tell anyone”

“They should know that this money is mostly going to the American defense industry. Tens of billions of dollars will be given to this industry.” “Don’t worry—everything goes to the battlefield to help the Ukrainian army and protect democracy around the world,” he said.

Volodymyr Zelensky says, “We have no secrets” with the US. He also asks for “transparency of his country” with its allies. Words that are said while Ukraine is plagued by crime.

At the end of January, the Ukrainian security forces announced a new case of theft involving people from the Ministry of Defense. The Ministry of Agriculture gave its notice of departure this Thursday. A “value of nearly 6.9 million euros” worth of public land is thought to have been taken!

Volodymyr Zelensky also talked about the upcoming elections on the other side of the Atlantic in this chat with Fox News. The president of Ukraine “hopes” that Donald Trump “will not be opposed” to Kyiv if he wins the election for president.

He said, “Of course, people may have different thoughts on some details, but if we all agree on the big picture and shared values, we can work together.”

Kyiv: The US is sending a big new package of military aid to help Ukraine win its war with Russia. It will still take a long time to win. The USD 61 billion in military help should give Ukraine the weapons and ammunition it needs to stop the Russian army from killing civilians and soldiers as it moves forward. It will also give Ukraine time to think about how to take back the fifth of the country that Russia currently controls.

Michael Clarke, a visiting professor of war studies at King’s College London, said, “In the end, it gives Ukraine the chance to stay in the war this year.” “In war, sometimes you just have to stay in it.” You need to keep from getting rolled over.

After months of delays because some Republicans were afraid of getting the US involved in other countries, the US House of Representatives finally passed the plan on Saturday. The Senate agreed to it on Tuesday, and President Joe Biden said he would sign it on Wednesday.

Within days, the difference could be felt on the front lines in eastern and southern Ukraine, where Russia’s much larger army has been slowly taking over land from Ukrainian troops that are far outgunned.

With the approval of the help, Ukraine may be able to free up some of the artillery ammunition that it has been rationing because it is running low. Soon, more gear will be sent from US warehouses in Poland and Germany, and then from the US itself.

Davyd Arakhamia, a member from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Servant of the People party, said that the first shipments should arrive by the start of next week.

The National Security, Defense, and Intelligence Committee of the Ukrainian parliament is made up of opposition politician Vadym Ivchenko. He said that problems with logistics and red tape could make it take two to three months for shipments to reach Ukraine, and it would take even longer before they get to the front line.

Even though the specifics of the orders are secret, Ukraine needs anti-aircraft missiles and artillery shells to stop Russian troops from moving forward and to protect people and infrastructure from bombs, drones, and missiles.

The Ukrainian lawmaker Arakhamia said that what comes first isn’t always what leaders on the front lines need the most. He said that even a huge military power like the US doesn’t keep a lot of everything on hand.

“The logic behind this first package was, you (the US) finds our top priorities and then you see what you have in the warehouses,” said Arakhamia. “And sometimes they do not match.”

Lawmakers agree that Ukraine’s hopes for future progress still depend on getting more Western help on time.

Many experts think that both Russia and Ukraine are tired from the two-year war and won’t be able to launch a major offensive until next year. This would allow them to make big strategic wins.

The front is 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) long, and Russia is still moving forward in some places. They are attacking Ukrainian forces with tanks, waves of infantry, and satellite-guided gliding bombs.

Russian forces are also attacking power plants and Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, which is only 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the Russian border.

Ivchenko said that the current goal for Ukraine’s troops is to “hold the line” until most of the new supplies come in the middle of summer. After that, they can try to get back land they lost recently in the Donetsk area.

“And probably … at the end of summer we’ll see some movement, offensive movement of the Ukrainian armed forces,” he stated.

Some military experts don’t think Ukraine has the tools it needs to start any kind of attack soon.

Matthew Savill, director of military sciences at the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank, said that the US money “can probably only help stabilize the Ukrainian position for this year and start making plans for operations in 2025.”

That would be great for Ukraine. The American help will give commanders time to reorganize and train the army, using what they learned from their failed offensive in the summer of 2023. It could also push Ukraine’s European allies to give more help.

As one of four Democrats from the US Congress who went to Kyiv on Monday, Congressman Bill Keating said, “This wasn’t just about Ukraine and the US; this really affected our entire 51-country coalition.”

Zelenskyy says Ukraine’s war goal is to take back all of its land from Russia, including Crimea, which Russia took illegally in 2014. Many experts think that the war will end through talks, but Ukraine wants to be in the best possible situation to do that.

Ukraine still has to deal with things it can’t control, no matter what happens on the ground.

Donald Trump, the former president of the US who is running for office again in November, has said that he would end the war within days of taking office. And leaders in the 27-nation Europe Union, such as Viktor Orban, President of Hungary, and Richard Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, have spoken out against arming Ukraine.

Ukraine’s friends haven’t sent some weapons because they don’t want the situation to get worse or use up all of their own supplies. Ukraine says it needs longer-range weapons to win the war so it can do things that could change the outcome, like cutting off Russia’s Black Sea fleet from occupied Crimea.

ATCMS, or Army Tactical Missile Systems, from the US and Taurus cruise missiles from Germany are what it needs. People have asked both governments to send them, but they have refused because they can hit targets deep inside Russian land.

The president can send ATACMS to Ukraine “as soon as practical” under the new bill. It’s not clear what that means in real life.

Weapons that were promised have sometimes shown up late or not at all. Recently, Zelenskyy brought up the fact that Ukraine is still waiting for the F-16 fighter jets that were promised to it a year ago.

At the same time, Russia is pushing back Ukrainian forces with its more troops and weapons, possibly to make as many wins as possible before Ukraine gets its new supplies.

The UK Ministry of Defense says that every day, it hits the small city of Chasiv Yar in the east so hard that 900 troops are killed or hurt.

If they could take over the strategically important hill town, they could move on to Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, which are important cities that Ukraine holds in the eastern part of Donetsk. Western leaders say that Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to remove Ukraine’s pro-Western government. If he succeeds, it will be a big victory for him.

Clarke of King’s College London said that Russia’s push wasn’t just meant to take over more land; it was also meant to weaken Zelenskyy and support those who say his war plan isn’t working.

He said that the US aid plan makes it less likely that there will be a political crisis in Ukraine and that US Speaker Mike Johnson should be praised for getting it through Congress.

By triji

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