Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky surprised the world with the surprising statement that Ukraine will be forced to create the strongest army in Europe if NATO is left alone in resolving the problems around Donetsk. Everything is being put in for this.
Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had already spoken in 2015 about the fact that the Ukrainian army was one of the strongest in all of Europe, arguing that it had managed to stop Russian aggression. Zelensky intended his current statement as a warning, urging more effective support and even a presence from NATO. The Ukrainian president is constantly besieging the White House to encourage greater devotion to decision-makers. In mid-June, for example, Joe Biden turned to US President and called for the strengthening of the Ukrainian fleet, citing the situation in the Black and Azov Seas. After not experiencing too much enthusiasm, he shudders the mood with another statement. Russian military analysts, including an expert on the website Lenta.ru, admit that the Ukrainian army is already one of the strongest on the continent. The number of his ground troops is close to that of the Russians. But this number alone is not enough. It all depends on how they are able to supply the units with ammunition, equipment, technique. However, the Ukrainian military industry is weak, its foundations were laid in Soviet times, and they are unable to cope with its modernization. The military commentator of the HCLU news agency gave an example of where Ukrainians are in development. It is a new self-propelled artillery unit called “Bogdan” that they have been working on since 2014 and is said to have significant firepower and maneuverability. It can even destroy a target at a distance of 60 kilometers. By 2018, it was promised to be put into system, but to this day it is still just being tested. And if it’s done, they won’t be worth much to it either. The Russians had tried it before and it turned out that they had gone bankrupt on the Russian snowy lands. Instead, Russian ground troops were provided with a whole arsenal of modernized self-propelled guns. When it became independent, Ukraine inherited a huge military industrial complex from Moscow. 3594 companies employing more than 4 million people, almost a third of the space industry in the Soviet Union. According to the commentator, this huge fortune was squandered. With the severance of military industrial relations with the Russians, the country suffered huge losses. Let us add: Russia as well. The Russian-Ukrainian military trade in goods accounted for about 8,000 defense items. There was, for example, a Russian military missile for which Ukrainian technical assistance was used. Nor did the Ukrainians deliver the parts needed for the warships previously ordered and paid for. The biggest loss is for the Air Force: Ukraine has produced a range of combat, transport helicopter and wing rocket engines. In addition to the parts of fighter bombers, even the parachutes came from them. The loss of the Ukrainians is very great. Everything they lack without severing ties with Russia must be replaced by imports, which would require gigantic money. But there is no money, the help is only partial. Nor is it insignificant: in 2018, the Pentagon delivered 35 anti-tank missile complexes with 210 missiles. Recently, Washington decided to increase military aid to Kiev to $ 300 million. The Americans are paying the price for everything: the Ukrainians should hold back their own development. Contrary to this, the Ukrainian government has approved a development strategy for the defense industrial complex. Which is an amazing decision just because there is no cover to fund much less important programs. The Russian media is settling the matter so much that ambitious Ukrainian plans have no realistic basis, they are doing so merely for the sake of a loud announcement. Yet these manifestations do not remain uncharacteristic. The expectation that NATO will commit itself more to Ukraine is on the agenda. Zelensky is dissatisfied. He would have expected President Biden to consult with him before his meeting with Putin in Geneva to torpedo the completion of the North Stream 2 Russian pipeline. He would have made the commissioning of the pipeline conditional on Russia relinquishing the areas controlled by the breakaway. He has had a tough education from some German politicians against the government who believe it should be understood with Ukraine that they will not fund indefinitely, as that money will then be lost. They are having a bad experience of the US-Russian presidential meeting in Kiev, which does not seem to have led to any shift in the issue of Ukraine. It remains, therefore, rhetoric. In its latest resolution, the Ukrainian Rada no longer speaks of Russian aggression, but of war, which some Russian news commentators see as a straight message of war. Of course, it is not, but it is a good indication of the atmosphere of the Kiev leadership.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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