Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, addressed the current front situation and emphasized the ongoing aid from Western nations. The Ukrainian leader hopes that the US and the EU will continue with financial support as they have done so far. Zelenskyy is aware that without the support of the US and the EU, the Ukrainians would have enormous problems in the war with Russia.
"I'm confident in continued financial support from the USA and Europe. We're striving for it. I trust the USA won't disappoint us, and I anticipate the EU's approval of a 50 billion euro aid package for Ukraine soon."- Zelenskyy said.
Regarding mobilization, Zelenskyy revealed a proposal from the armed forces to mobilize 450,000 to 500,000 people. He expressed the need for further rationale to back this idea.
Kyrylo Budanov reacts: Unfortunately, there's no easy answer
Kyrylo Budanov, the country's intelligence chief, highlighted Ukraine's challenge in recruiting new soldiers. He is worried about the current situation inside the country. The fact is that fewer and fewer soldiers decide to be recruited and have a completely different understanding of war. If the trend of fewer soldiers being mobilized continues, Ukraine could face a tough situation. The country's leaders are well aware of this concern. At the moment when the Russians are waiting for their chance, the Ukrainians are calling on their people to stand up for the defense of the country.
"Everyone willing joined in the first six months. But now? Unfortunately, there's no easy answer," explained Budanov. "Without motivation, their effectiveness will be zero, regardless of coercion or legal norms. That's been the recent issue."
Since the beginning of the war, Ukrainians have received enormous financial and humanitarian aid. It is clear that if the US stops aid and the rest of the countries, the Ukrainians will have a difficult task ahead of them, for some even impossible. Vladimir Putin is certainly following the situation closely and thinking about his next move. Ukraine is in fear, which is understandable. The following days could determine their future.