German Brigadier General Warns of Tough Days Ahead for Ukraine

"Ukraine will definitely have to mobilize more soldiers, if for no other reason than to cover the losses so far."- Freuding said.

by Sead Dedovic
German Brigadier General Warns of Tough Days Ahead for Ukraine
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For a long time, Ukrainians have had problems with the recruitment of soldiers, considering that many have avoided conscription by leaving Ukraine, or in other ways. The Russians are numerically superior, and if Ukraine does not change something in the coming period, it will be difficult to match a significantly stronger opponent. 

Zelenskyy has emphasized and warned about this problem several times so far. In addition, the Ukrainian leader believes that Ukrainians who left the country should return, if nothing else, at least to pay taxes and thus help the country. 

Brigadier General of the German Bundeswehr Christian Freuding believes that the Ukrainians must mobilize their forces to reduce the losses they have. Freuding is aware that Ukrainians have difficult days ahead of them unless something changes in the coming period.

"Ukraine will definitely have to mobilize more soldiers, if for no other reason than to cover the losses so far," Christian Freuding said during the media interview.

Recently, Ukrainians have encountered several more problems on multiple fronts. This country has been at war for two years, and there is less and less optimism that the war will end soon. 

Mobilization must become a priority. 

What many people know is that Ukrainians have problems with military leadership. Obviously, there is a conflict between Volodymr Zelenskyy and Valerii Zaluzhnyi. The question is how the Ukrainian leader will solve this problem. 

He is ready to make certain moves and remove individuals from the top of the military, aiming for success. 

Freuding emphasized that they are closely monitoring the situation. Ukrainians must remain united in perhaps the most difficult period in the history of this country. Conflicts at this moment cannot help them.

"We do not see behind the scenes, but of course we follow the discussions of the military and political leadership and, of course, we hope that Ukraine will maintain the unity that has given it strength in defense over the past months and years. Disintegration is the pinnacle of a democratic state, but it does not contribute to its defense" , said the brigadier general.

Ukrainians hope that this horror in which they have been living for two years could see an end.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed in a press conference that he plans to take several steps with the aim of "improving" the situation on the front as he wants Ukraine to move in the right direction. The military leadership of Ukraine disappointed Zelenskyy. The President of Ukraine expected that the military leadership would make greater successes, but his predictions did not turn out to be realistic. Zelenskyy also emphasized that Zaluzhny could be replaced.

“When we talk about this, I mean a replacement of a series of state leaders, not just in a single sector like the military,” Zelensky said, as quoted by “If we want to win, we must all push in the same direction, convinced of victory.”

Valery Zaluzhny
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Zelenskyy believes that Ukrainians should not be disappointed. These are difficult moments, but they need optimism, with which they can really move in the right direction. Courage, unity and love are the only way to successfully move into the future.

"We must not despair, give up, we must have real positive energy. That's why I'm talking about restarting, replacing, I mean something serious, which does not concern one person, but the direction of the country's leadership," he said.

Zelenskyy believes that a restart is necessary.

Jake Sullivan, the US president's national security adviser on Zaluzhny's dismissal

Jake Sullivan, the US president's national security adviser, said that the US should not interfere in the possible removal of Valery Zaluzhny, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. There are rumors about Zaluzhny's dismissal. He has been a well-known face since the beginning of the war and attracts enormous public attention. However, Sullivan believes that Zelenskyy and the political elite can make such decisions independently.

"It's not something the U.S. government should weigh in on one way or the other. And so we stayed out of that set of personnel decisions," Sullivan said.

Sullivan respects Zelenskyy and the political elite of Ukraine. They will meet and make a joint decision. The goal is to help Ukraine achieve military victories in the future. Certain things did not go in their favor, and one of the culprits for that is the military leadership.

"We were clear, we're just not going to interfere in that particular decision. We directly indicated that to the Ukrainians," said Sullivan.

Earlier, the Washington Post, citing two sources familiar with the discussion, reported that the Ukrainian government had informed the White House of Volodymyr Zelenskyy's decision to remove Valeri Zaluzhny, commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

According to the American newspaper, which referred to a high-ranking official of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Kiev did not choose a replacement for Zaluzhny.

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