Volodymyr Zelenskyy urges Joe Biden for authority to strike Russian airbases

The Ukrainian president once again calls on American President Joe Biden to change policy to ensure Ukraine can use the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).

by Sead Dedovic
Volodymyr Zelenskyy urges Joe Biden for authority to strike Russian airbases
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Volodymyr Zelenskyy is seeking help from Europe and the world at a time when Russians are increasingly bombing Ukrainian cities. The Ukrainian president, in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, emphasized that the biggest problem is posed by glide bombs. For those who don't know, these bombs are essentially free-fall bombs that have been modernized with winglets and GPS navigation, capable of targeting locations from 40 to 60 kilometers away. Russia frequently uses them, creating massive problems for the Ukrainian population and military.

The Ukrainian president once again calls on American President Joe Biden to change policy to ensure Ukraine can use the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) to target airfields in Russian areas. While Zelenskyy is aware of agreements with the US leader, he stresses that such practices must change, given that Russians continue to escalate tensions day by day.

We managed to make a deal that we can use certain weapons in Kharkiv direction and a little bit farther to the north. But everyone understands that Russian aerial bombs and missiles are our biggest problem as of today,"- Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

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The Ukrainian leader has emphasized many times so far how important air defense is, given that the Russians are causing them the biggest problems there. Zelenskyy does not want to see how the Russians target their infrastructures and how the number of victims increases. The president of this eastern country believes that patriot missile batteries would not change much. His opinion is that the Russians would exhaust their stocks and continue the bombing.

“A Patriot missile costs some $3 million. We would not be able to have thousands of such missiles or even hundreds. No one can produce that many. You might win in the short term, but Russians will still exhaust your missile stocks and then keep bombing cities and energy infrastructure as usual,” Zelenskyy said.

The best solutions are currently being considered for Ukrainians who are tired of the same scenarios. The Russians are aware of where the greatest weaknesses of the Ukrainians are, and they use such an advantage on the front. For months, Zelenskyy has been warning about Russia's tactics and intentions to continue bombing until they completely exhaust the Ukrainian population and military strength. 

Zelenskyy, together with his colleagues, thinks about the next steps and the best moves. 

Well-known military and political analysts share their opinion regarding Ukrainian tactics in the continuation of the war. Mykola Bielieskov, a Ukrainian military analyst, believes that a Patriot can solve things.

“Only Patriot with its costly missiles can shoot down bombers. But it is necessary to bring the Patriot close to the front line to get a bomber, which makes the launcher vulnerable,” Bielieskov said, as reported by POLITICO.

Bielieskov expressed that if a strong and timely response is not provided, Russia could gain an asymmetric advantage. This advantage, when combined with other military systems, would make it more difficult for Ukraine's defense forces to successfully execute their strategic defense operation.

Military leaders in Russia are experienced and wise individuals who adhere to their tactics dating back to the beginning of the year, aware of the benefits they bring. Russian forces seek to leverage their advantages in deployment, aiming to stop Ukraine and achieve a final victory. However, will it be that easy?

Analysts make predictions: What can we expect

Judging by the reactions of analysts and experts, Russia faces a challenging task. The fact that nearly the entire world is on Ukraine's side complicates matters for Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. He appears frustrated by the support Ukraine receives but shows no intention of expressing anger or discussing it extensively. Instead, he maintains a somewhat different stance, avoiding creating panic and chaos within his ranks.

Bielieskov is a person who believes that if the Ukrainians want to defeat Russia, they will have to pay the greatest attention to the glide bomb and stop such a threat. The Russians will continue with this tactic, that's for sure until they have a concrete objection and a concrete reaction. The question arises as to what this situation can produce. Zelenskyy calls on world leaders to provide him with the necessary help, given that none of them wants to see a scenario where Russia emerges as the final winner. We will see if the Ukrainian leader will get an answer soon, and if Biden could relent in moments when things are getting harder for Ukrainians.

At this moment, the Russian forces have the advantage, they seem to have the upper hand on the front, but the most important thing for the Ukrainians is that the Russians have not made much progress in recent weeks.

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