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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy highlights allies’ concerns over Russia’s potential loss in conflict

Ukraine's Zelenskyy highlights allies' concerns over Russia's potential loss in conflict
By Yagiz Efe Parmaksiz
May 18, 2024 8:33 PM

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasizes the importance of maintaining a delicate geopolitical balance in the ongoing conflict with Russia

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine has underscored the delicate geopolitical balance surrounding the ongoing conflict with Russia, expressing his belief that some allies fear Russia’s potential loss in the war.

During a meeting with journalists, President Zelenskyy conveyed Ukraine’s desire to emerge victorious while ensuring that Russia does not suffer a defeat that could lead to unpredictable consequences in global politics. He emphasized the importance of receiving the necessary support to achieve success on the battlefield.

Zelenskyy’s remarks coincided with Russia’s intensified offensive in Kharkiv Oblast, where significant battles have been underway. The Ukrainian president noted the alarming progress of Russian troops, highlighting their advancement in the northern part of Kharkiv Oblast.

Despite the escalating conflict, Washington has maintained its stance against potential Ukrainian strikes using U.S.-supplied weaponry on Russian territory. The Pentagon reiterated this position, indicating a consistent policy amid the unfolding events in Ukraine.

Responding to concerns about such strikes, Zelenskyy clarified that Ukraine’s intentions revolve around defensive measures rather than offensive actions. He stressed the necessity of adequate defensive capabilities to safeguard Ukraine’s sovereignty.

In an interview with AFP, President Zelenskyy warned of the possibility of further waves of attacks by Russian forces, with Kharkiv potentially being a primary target. The ongoing conflict has showcased Russia’s military prowess, capitalizing on delays in defense aid and troop shortages faced by Ukraine.

Efforts to bolster Ukraine’s defense capabilities have seen progress, with the U.S. Congress approving a substantial foreign aid package. However, the effects of this aid on the battlefield may take time to materialize, according to Pentagon assessments.

Kyiv has intensified its calls for additional long-range weapon systems from allies to counter Russian military operations effectively. Recent supplies of ATACMS missiles from the U.S. have enabled Ukraine to target Russian assets, albeit with limitations imposed by Washington.

Germany’s refusal to supply Taurus missiles, citing concerns over potential escalation, underscores the complexities of international involvement in the conflict. The decision reflects apprehensions about exacerbating tensions with Russia and the broader implications for regional stability.

Source: Newsroom

Last Updated:  Jun 3, 2024 5:02 PM