Zelenskyy angry about the lack of assistance: If you don’t do it, Russia will do it

“If there is no U.S. support, it means that we have no air defense."

by Sead Dedovic
Zelenskyy angry about the lack of assistance: If you don’t do it, Russia will do it
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Volodymyr Zelenskyy expresses concern for the future of his country, acknowledging that without support from the US and Western nations in the coming period, Ukraine faces a severe crisis and its worst fears. In an interview with The Washington Post, the Ukrainian president emphasized that the Ukrainian army, without the assistance of major powers, would find it challenging to make any progress. Zelenskyy stresses that without aid, Russia will launch an offensive, leaving Ukrainians without the strength for a counteroffensive.

“If you are not taking steps forward to prepare another counteroffensive, Russia will take them. That’s what we learned in this war: If you don’t do it, Russia will do it.”- Zelenskyy said, as quoted by Kyivindependent

The latest example in the series is Avdiivka, where Ukrainian forces suffered defeat due to a lack of ammunition. The Ukrainian president is trying to find the right solutions, but the situation doesn't seem optimistic. Retaliating against the enemy without adequate weapons and ammunition is a mission impossible and can only lead to the deaths of soldiers.

“We are trying to find some way not to retreat. After the fall of Avdiivka, we have stabilized the situation because of smart steps by our military.”

Zelenskyy points out that without the support of the U.S. The Ukrainians will not have enough strength to send an answer to the Russians.

“If there is no U.S. support, it means that we have no air defense, no Patriot missiles, no jammers for electronic warfare, no 155mm artillery rounds,” he said.

“It means we will go back, retreat, step by step, in small steps.”

Zelenskyy's statement suggested the consequences of the power difference between Ukraine and Russia, particularly regarding missile capabilities. He highlights the vulnerability of Ukraine to missile attacks in various aspects of civilian life, emphasizing the urgent need for defensive measures such as acquiring ATACM-300 missiles for protection and deterrence.

ATACM-300 missiles are part of the long-range Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS)

Zelensky highlighted that Ukraine has yet to receive the newer variations of ATACMS, which boast a maximum range of approximately 300 kilometers. He suggests that the absence of these advanced missile systems blocks Ukraine's defense capabilities, potentially encouraging Russian aggression.

In addressing the issue of Russian jets, Zelenskyy suggested that the continuing threat from Crimea depends on Ukraine's ability to prove its capability to counter these potential attacks. By showing their capability to counter aerial attacks effectively, he hopes to prevent potential aggressors.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy© Carl Court / Getty Images News

Drawing a parallel with the Black Sea fleet, Zelenskyy stressed Ukraine's resolve to defend its airspace and territory. He showed that he's really determined to keep out intruders not just from the sea but also from the sky above Crimea. 

It is known that the Russians have modern weaponry and are prepared for further actions. In such an atmosphere, Zelenskyy would find it challenging to offer any resistance, despite the number of soldiers. When faced with an opponent and one of the most well-equipped militaries, it is necessary to have at least a relatively strong military to resist. Zelenskyy is aware that they must find a solution in the next few weeks.

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The Ukrainian president is frustrated with the state of affairs in the US, alluding to its Congress and the fact the political parties cannot reach an agreement. He does not want the conflict among certain political factions in the US to affect the future of Ukraine. He has sent a message not only to US citizens and leaders but also to the entire world: Ukraine's defeat would mean that Putin will continue his campaign on other countries as well.

Uncertainties loom over the U.S. aid bill, which may not resemble the $95 billion package the Senate passed. Republicans are advocating for the inclusion of a credit program, while Democrats may have reservations about accepting any additional conditions imposed by Republicans on the package.

The Ukrainian leader wants the front to remain stable so that Ukraine can strengthen itself in the meantime and conduct a new counteroffensive later this year. However, there is concern about what might happen in the coming months. 

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, could exploit the current weakness of the Ukrainians and instruct the military leadership to capitalize on this momentum.

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Putin Highlights Nuclear Power Unit as Space Priority© Getty Images/Sean Gallup

Russia is carefully observing the situation, crafting plans, and has a strategy to conquer certain parts of Ukraine. Ukrainian citizens also feel a sense of fear, aware that danger could follow soon. The Ukrainian leader calls for patience, although there is decreasing patience and hope that Ukrainians will truly resist such an adversary.