Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Intriguing Message to Trump and Russian Losses in Avdiivka

"If Mr. Trump comes, I am ready to go to the front lines with him."

by Sead Dedovic
Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Intriguing Message to Trump and Russian Losses in Avdiivka
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Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, emphasized in his address to the media the urgent need to assist Ukrainians at this moment, considering the shortages of weapons and ammunition. Zelenskyy warns of catastrophic consequences if help does not arrive. Specifically, Russians could escalate and create significant problems for all of Europe. This is the greatest fear of European leaders at this time.

Zelenskyy emphasized at the Munich Security Conference that artificially induced weapon shortages would only help Russia. The Ukrainian military and people must be patient at this time, even though it is impossible to be patient when constantly under attack from the enemy. Ukrainians must wait for the approval from the U.S. House of Representatives to continue assistance to Ukraine. The U.S. president has expressed willingness to help Ukrainians, regardless of the obstacles faced.

Republicans, who hold the majority in the House of Representatives, pose a hindrance to aid. They are supporters of Donald Trump. Republicans are open to compromise, but with the condition of strengthening security at the U.S. southern border. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy is frustrated with this behavior from Republicans and calls on Donald Trump to the front lines to understand the true nature of war. In a state of chaos, disorder, and increasing casualties, providing some form of assistance is crucial.

"If Mr. Trump comes, I am ready to go to the front lines with him. What that means is real war, not Instagram," - Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

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The Ukrainian leader is disappointed with the defeats in Avdiivka, attributing it to Ukraine's ammunition consumption. Ukrainians had to carefully consider ammunition usage and withdraw. Russians achieved an important success, giving them momentum to continue conquering Ukraine.

In such a situation, optimism is hard to maintain. Ukrainians want to defend themselves, but it is impossible without ammunition.

The Russians suffered huge losses in the battle for Avdiivka

Although Russians achieved their military goal, they suffered significant human losses. Specifically, 17,000 Russian soldiers were killed in four months of the Avdiivka offensive. Russians began their attack in mid-October 2023, achieving final victory on February 17, 2024. Dmytro Lykhoviy, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Tavria force group, confirmed these data.

A staggering fact for Russians is that more soldiers died during the battle for Avdiivka than in the nine-year war between Russia and Afghanistan. If data is to be believed, around 15,000 Russian soldiers died in that war. This speaks volumes about the brutality of the war in Ukraine and the fact that "modern wars" lead to even greater casualties, raising a red alarm for all, as the expansion of this conflict could bring even more catastrophic consequences.

Within three months of the current conflict starting on February 24, 2022, Russia lost the same number of soldiers as the Soviet Union did in over nine years in Afghanistan, as reported by the British Ministry of Defence in late May 2022.

Russians and Ukrainians avoid discussing their casualties, wanting to keep it secret. However, such data often leaks regardless of their intentions. Marina Miron, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of War Studies at King's College London, spoke last year about the difficulties in determining the number of casualties.

"It is very difficult to determine casualties in an ongoing conflict as both sides will try to keep data secret and inflate the number of enemy casualties," Miron said.

According to some estimates, around 350,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded since the beginning of the war. Many believe that this is a cause for concern for Putin, considering that the Russians are facing losses they did not anticipate.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized the crucial importance of protecting soldiers, as achieving military goals is impossible without them. The Ukrainian leader also emphasized that Russians have suffered enormous losses, seven times greater than Ukrainians in the battle for this city.

"We are protecting our people, our warriors because that is the essence of defense," - Zelenskyy said.

Ukrainians have been trying to resist from day one, but sometimes it is hard to defend against such an enemy. It seems Ukrainians had no problems regarding the courage of soldiers and defense. The main problem was the lack of weapons and ammunition, and Ukrainians realized that the best course of action for them was to withdraw. 

After such a victory, Russians are motivated to continue conquering Ukraine. Vladimir Putin has not yet commented on the 'victory' of the Russians in part of Ukraine. Zelenskyy calls on Europe and the world to help them in the most difficult times for the population of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian people are not satisfied with such an outcome, but they believe that Ukrainians will still manage to defend key parts of the country and potentially reclaim the occupied territories.

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