Ukraine leader minimizes loss of Avdiivka, looks for faster assistance By Reuters


© Reuters. Nadezhda Prokopenko clears particles in the lawn of your house of a relative that was ruined in a Russian rocket strike, in the middle of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Selydove near Avdiivka, Ukraine, February 19, 2024. REUTERS/Thomas Peter


( Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy minimized Ukraine’s loss of the eastern town of Avdiivka to Russian forces and required faster assistance from allies as the war versus Russia neared the two-year mark, in remarks transmitted on Wednesday.

Russian soldiers took control of Avdiivka recently in Moscow’s greatest battleground gain considering that its forces caught Bakhmut last May. Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin states Russia will continue with its drive through eastern Ukraine.

Zelenskiy, in excerpts from an interview with Fox News to be aired on Thursday, acknowledged that in 2015 had actually been “made complex” for Ukraine, especially as 2023 ended.

However, speaking in English, he indicated earlier gains, especially in the northeastern Kharkiv area, where the Fox interview occurred.

” Throughout these 2 years we got (back) part of the Kharkiv area. Now we remain in this area … and we uncloged the Black Sea. There are grain paths and we ruined a great deal of their ships of the Russian fleet,” Zelenskiy stated.

” That is what we did over 2 years. And what they could do? Just this one location. However what for?”

Avdiivka lies 15 km (9 miles) northwest of the Russian-held primary town of Donetsk area, likewise called Donetsk.

Russian experts state its capture will keep Donetsk safe from Ukrainian shelling as Moscow thinks about how to pursue its drive to record all of Donetsk and Luhansk areas.

In his remarks, Zelenskiy revealed brand-new discontent with the downturn in Western help for Ukraine’s war effort, without singling out the United States.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s demand to extend a huge help plan has actually been held up by wrangling in the U.S. Congress.

” We need to be more fast. That indicates to lose all the administration. Otherwise we will not have any opportunity,” he stated.

The president acknowledged that discovering an option to U.S. assistance would not be simple.

” Naturally, we will discover. We will not remain in the very same location. We need to endure. We need to discover some parallel actions,” he stated in the interview, carried out in part on a healthcare facility ward.

” You comprehend that this assistance is essential. So without it, sorry, we will have increasingly more such brave guys who will remain in the health centers. If you do not have a genuine safeguarding guard and comparable effective weapons with rounds, obviously you will lose individuals.”

The U.S. Senate has actually passed a $95 billion help plan that consists of funds for Ukraine, however Legislature Speaker Mike Johnson has actually decreased to bring it up for a vote on the flooring of your house.


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