Russians Seize Four Villages: Zelenskyy, Ukrainian Commander's Intriguing Messages

Oleksandr Pavliuk, commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, a man with experience, warns Ukrainians of the uncertain future that may follow

by Sead Dedovic
Russians Seize Four Villages: Zelenskyy, Ukrainian Commander's Intriguing Messages
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Ukrainians have every right to be afraid as the Russian army progresses day by day. Given the challenges Ukrainians have been facing since the beginning of the war, primarily concerning armaments and military strength, it has been difficult to expect them to successfully defend themselves on many fronts. 

The Russians are on a relentless offensive on the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Kharkiv region, where they have seized four villages: Krasne, Strileche, Pylna, and Borisivka. 

The Russians have no intention of stopping, and their goal is to continue advancing in the coming days. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in a media briefing, responded to the progress of the Russian army, fully aware of the dire situation his country is in. During a meeting with Slovak President Zuzana ńĆaputová, Zelenskyy confirmed the information from Ukrainian media regarding the progress of the Russian army. 

What is also disappointing is that the Russians have bombed the Kharkiv region, where a large number of civilians have been injured or killed. Ukrainians in that area are in immense panic and fear.

Oleksandr Pavliuk, commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, a man with experience, warns Ukrainians of the uncertain future that may follow. He believes that the next two months will be tough, as a critical phase on the front may occur. The Russians are prepared to make progress and are looking for the best way to do so. He confirmed that Ukrainians will not sit silently and watch, as they are already preparing brigades to defend Ukraine.

In an interview with The Economist, Pavliuk calls for optimism, as if weapons and aid from the US arrive soon, the situation could drastically change in the coming weeks and months. Assistance of $60 billion has been approved for Ukrainians by the US, but it has not yet arrived. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized the necessity for assistance to arrive as soon as possible, given that Russians are making larger progress from week to week.

Oleksandr Pavliuk
Oleksandr Pavliuk© John Moore/Getty Images News

Pavliuk, as an experienced strategist, is trying to predict Russian moves in the coming period. He points out that the Luhansk and Donetsk regions are probably the primary targets for the Russians and their main goal. This commander will have a tough task ahead as he must prepare 10 brigades to defend against Russia. 

Ukrainians face several issues. Although there is talk of a lack of military force being a problem, Pavliuk denies it. What Ukrainians are most focused on is the defense of Kyiv. Pavliuk confirmed this. The Russians will do their most to capture the capital, but Ukrainians are ready to give twice as much to defend it.

The Ukrainian president, aware of the situation his country is facing, has decided to sign two laws extending mobilization and the state of emergency in the country for another 90 days. The first time Zelenskyy declared a state of emergency was in February 2022, when the Russians decided to enter Ukraine. Since then, the Ukrainian leader has faced numerous challenges, but despite everything, he has shown how ready he is to do everything in his power to help his country defend itself. As we've already mentioned, Zelenskyy hopes that aid will arrive and that the Ukrainian army can change the situation on the front.

"If the delivery of weapons is increased, we will be able to stop (Russian forces) in the east, where they have the initiative," he said, as quoted by Kyiv Independent.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and negotiations for joining the EU

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has emphasized the readiness of his country to join the European Union. Kyiv expects that talks for EU accession will commence in June of this year. The Ukrainian leader believes that joining the EU will be a significant step for the country and a way for it to experience prosperity. 

“We are actively preparing the next stage of rapprochement with the European Union for June – we anticipate the adoption of the negotiating framework and the actual start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession,” Zelenskyy said in an evening video address late Thursday.

He is also pleased that the leaders of European countries are open to seeing Ukraine in the EU and are willing to assist them on that path. The Ukrainian president is prepared to do everything to make this country a member of the EU and progress in the coming years. However, the priority is to defend against the enemy, which is currently Russia.

The Ukrainian people hope to awaken from a nightmare that has lasted for almost two years. The situation in this country is chaotic, with an increasing number of casualties every day. Ukrainians believe in a brighter future and in the willingness of others to help them defend their country.