US Won’t Betray Ukraine, Says Zelensky


Zelensky suggested that Ukraine could mobilise 500,000 more people in order to fight on….reports Asian Lite News

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed confidence that the United States and other Western countries will continue to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion, as reported by Al Jazeera.

While speaking at an end-of-year news conference on Tuesday, Zelensky said that financial assistance plays a crucial role in the country’s efforts to drive back Russian forces that poured over the border in February 2022.

He further suggested that Ukraine could mobilise 500,000 more people in order to fight on.

“We are working very hard on this, and I am certain the United States of America will not betray us, and that on which we agreed in the United States will be fulfilled completely,” Zelensky said.

The address comes as support for Ukraine in Western countries comes under greater pressure, with conservatives in the US expressing doubts about continued assistance and stalling the passage of a substantial aid package.

US President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky(photo:instagram)

However, the US Senate leaders said on Tuesday that the package was not likely to move forward before the end of the year, reported Al Jazeera.

Meanwhile, Zelensky has previously warned that such delays benefit Russian President Vladimir Putin. Moreover, he added that Trump’s victory in the 2024 US elections could have “a very strong impact on the course of the war” if he pursued a policy towards Ukraine that was “more cold or more economical.”

Zelensky further emphasised that he was certain that the European Union (EU) would move forward with a 50-billion-euro (USD 55 billion) aid package of its own, despite opposition from Hungary, whose right-wing government has raised objections to further assistance for Ukraine, reported Al Jazeera.

“I’m confident that we have already achieved all this,” Zelensky said. “The question now is one of a certain matter of time.”

However, support for Ukraine has become a divisive issue in Western countries after a long-awaited counteroffensive over the summer failed to win back substantial territory and the war continued.

As Russia began invading Ukraine, it has been accused of including war crimes, devastated Ukrainian cities, displaced millions of people, and killed at least 10,000 civilians, the United Nations stated.

Moreover, the Ukrainian leader has stressed that he is weighing the possibility of mobilising an additional 500,000 troops, adding that he had asked the military for more details on this “very sensitive matter.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Russian President Putin said that Russia was open to negotiations with Ukraine, the US and Europe, but Russia “will not give up what is ours,” reported Al Jazeera.

“The West isn’t abandoning its strategy of containment of Russia and its aggressive goals in Ukraine,” Putin said. “Well, we also aren’t going to abandon the goals of the special military operation.” (ANI)

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