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Zelensky ‘Not Satisfied’ With the Level of Western Weapon Donations

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy once again expressed displeasure at the amount of Western weapons entering his country, although he admitted that “we shouldn’t complain too much.”

Ukraine does not have enough weapons, which contributed to the failure of the so-called spring offensive, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said. Despite President Zelenskiy noting that he had hoped some of the supplies would never arrive, due in part to shortages and the war in Israel. Associated Press In an interview, he said he has plans to overcome the country’s supply problems.

Balancing his feelings about the supply situation, President Zelenskiy told the news agency that on the one hand it was good that Ukraine did not bow down in the face of Russia’s aggression, saying: We are fighting the second (best) army in the world, so we are satisfied. ”

But Ukraine is “losing people,” he said, “because we didn’t get all the weapons we wanted. I’m not happy, but I can’t complain too much.” he said.

President Zelenskiy claimed that a lack of equipment due to limited foreign supplies affected the effectiveness of the Spring Offensive, which is now seen by both Ukraine and the West as essentially a failure.

“We were hoping for faster results. From that perspective, unfortunately we didn’t get the results we expected…we don’t have enough power to achieve the results we expected faster. But… This does not mean we should give up or surrender.”

Although President Zelenskiy dodged direct questions about the path that U.S. politics should take in terms of aiding Ukraine, he made it clear that if Ukraine were to fall to Moscow, there would be very real consequences for the West. did. Zelenskiy explained that Russia would see the collapse of the resistance due to lack of Western interest as a green light to invade NATO’s eastern flank, saying, “And America’s children will fight.”

This is not the first time President Zelenskiy has issued such a dire warning that if Ukraine collapses, it will become a member of the EU and NATO. As reported in October, he asked at a European summit whether participating countries could be certain that their cities had enough subways to move their children’s schools out of the reach of drones and missiles. I asked a rhetorical question, if not, can you really say that? We can afford not to take on the Ukrainian military.

“Defeat in war is the most effective way to neutralize an aggressor,” President Zelenskiy said, adding, “None of you would like to know what would happen if NATO had to protect one of you. No. We must win in Ukraine so President Putin cannot escalate his aggression.”

With the arrival of the Israeli war, President Zelenskiy lamented that the military supply situation has become more uncertain than ever. Nevertheless, the president has a plan to overcome this, which is to increase Ukraine’s domestic production. The problem is that he needs even more financial aid and support from Western countries to make his dream a reality.

He told The Associated Press that he would like Ukrainian weapons factories to produce Western weapons, but that he would need licenses and financing to make this happen. “This is the way out,” he said, explaining that there is nothing Russia fears more than Ukraine being able to produce its own munitions. President Zelenskiy said, “If you give us these opportunities, we will build. No matter how much effort and time it takes, we will do it. And we will do it very quickly.” The company sought preferential financing conditions for the project.

More broadly, the industrial production of new weapons has become a major problem for NATO countries, which enjoyed a “peace dividend” after the Cold War by saving money on military procurement and stockpiling. In practice, this means closing munitions factories and depleting stockpiles, leaving NATO allies scrambling for the limited supplies they suddenly need.

This scarcity affects both high and low tech. The most widely reported shortage in Ukraine is in artillery shells, whose design has not changed much in a century, as the Ukrainian military still fires at the few remaining factories in the West that can produce shells. , there is a serious shortage. mass produce.

This shortcoming is being felt at the other end of the spectrum, with even brand new weapons systems like the Anglo-Swedish NLAW anti-tanning missile suffering from serious supply chain problems. The British government tried to order more missiles this year to replenish stocks after they were used with such spectacular effect early in the war in Ukraine, but some companies producing the parts The company revealed how it was discovered that trading had already been suspended.

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