Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is asking for more military support from Western countries, expressing concern that if Ukraine can't resist Russia, it could lead to a third world war. Zelensky mentions Chancellor Scholz's growing understanding of the threat and Germany's increased military support. He warns about the potential risk to other European countries and calls for more assistance, especially from Germany, to prevent further escalation.
From the beginning of the war, the Ukrainian leader emphasized how dangerous Russia's policy is, and what consequences it can have, not only for Ukraine but also for the whole world. Nevertheless, the Russians are still focused on Ukraine and aim to achieve an absolute victory there.
However, there is a fear that if they achieve their goals in Ukraine, the Russians will go one step further and aim to subjugate some other European countries where they could realize huge benefits.
Political experts and analysts believe that Vladimir Putin primarily had such goals, but he did not expect that the war in Ukraine would last this long. This spoiled his plans.
The world and Europe are aware of the danger posed by the Russians, led by Vladimir Putin. Messages like this from Zelenskyy cause only additional caution. Precisely for all the above reasons, it is necessary for everyone to firmly side with Ukraine, to prevent possible larger conflicts.
While Zelenskyy has issued warnings about Putin's plans, he faces significant challenges as the leader of Ukraine. Corruption is on the rise, with some exploiting the war for personal gain. Even before the conflict, Ukraine ranked among the world's most corrupt nations, and the ongoing war has exacerbated the issue, fueled by daily donations. Corruption is particularly pronounced in the importation of weapons. Zelenskyy expresses readiness to fight against corruption and is making efforts to address the problem. However, the citizens of Ukraine are skeptical about his capacity to effectively solve this issue.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy on corruption and his income from year to year
Ukrainian President Zelensky shared his family's income to combat corruption in Ukraine. The disclosed data revealed a significant income drop between 2021 and 2022, mainly due to the Russian invasion in February 2022. Zelenskyy's family income went from about 12 million hryvnias (292 thousand euros) to 3.7 million hryvnias (90 thousand euros) in 2022 because of terminated lease contracts during the war. Zelensky encouraged other officials to reveal their incomes, aligning with Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts as the country aims to join the EU and NATO, meeting requirements from these organizations and the International Monetary Fund. It is necessary to stop corruption in order to join the EU and NATO.
With these data, Zelenskyy wanted to show the world that he is ready to fight corruption in the next period as well. The Ukrainian leader is angry considering that not only the Russians are his open enemies, but also individuals from his nation. This is a frustrating fact, especially when we consider that Ukraine is in the most difficult period in its history. The Ukrainian leader engaged several of his associates to solve the problem with joint forces. At this moment, they do not need an enemy from within their ranks.
It is difficult to forecast the course of the war, and what we can expect in the coming period. While on the one hand, some are optimistic about the chances of the Ukrainians in the future, many expect a major offensive by the Russians. They are known as a nation that takes defeats hard, and they are ready to do their best to achieve their goals. However, Ukrainians can be happy to hear the latest information.
The British Ministry of Defense stated that Russian ground forces lost approximately 2,600 tanks and 4,900 armored combat vehicles in Ukraine from February 2022 to January 2024.
Such information worries the Russians, who believed that they would achieve their war objective in a short period.
Nevertheless, the courage and dedication of the Ukrainians surprised the Russian leaders and soldiers. Few expected that the Ukrainians could stand up to such a strong military force.
They believe the reduced loss of armored personnel carriers in 2023 was due to the conflict becoming more stationary. Despite a defensive stance in 2023, Russia resumed an offensive in October, resulting in increased losses.
The report highlights Russia's capacity to produce 100 tanks monthly, allowing them to maintain their front and continue offensive activities.
Ukrainians are proud of their brave soldiers who show day by day that the Russians will have a difficult task in the future as well. Such courage is one of the reasons why many Ukrainians are optimistic and believe that the final victory could come soon. The imperative at this moment is peace! It is a priority and it is necessary to strive towards achieving peace.