(CNN) – Ukraine’s armed forces took a negative stance this weekend, refusing to comply with Russia’s demand for the surrender of Kyiv’s troops in the port city of Mariupol. At the same time, President Joe Biden and his allies are facing a new recession. Indicates that Russia can take more drastic measures We need to stop the flow of weapons from the United States and NATO.
As fighting intensifies in the Donbass, there are new concerns about how quickly Ukraine will run out of ammunition, where Russia is trying to encircle and isolate Ukrainian forces.
In an attempt to pressure the Allies to provide more support at this next stage, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky argues that the West should see the struggle as an important turning point in thwarting the uncontrollable ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and demonstrating the West’s commitment. To defend democracy against the greedy dictatorship.
Zelensky warned that the war in Donbass could “affect the course of the whole war” and said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that he had no intention of leaving the territory in eastern Ukraine to end the war. The exclusive interview aired on CNN’s State of the Union this Sunday.
Zhelensky warned that Putin could renew his attempt to seize control of Kiev if Russia were able to seize control of the Donbass region. Topper asked if the US announcement last week that it was setting aside was satisfactory And $ 800 million in military aid To strengthen the Ukrainian forces in the Donbass, Zhelensky responded: “Of course we need more.”
“It will never be enough. Enough is not possible,” Zhelensky explained the challenges in his country’s eastern region. “There is a full-scale war going on today, so we need a lot more than we have today. We have no more technical advantages than our rival. We’re not on the same level there. “
“Of the $ 800 million support that Biden has pledged, the most important thing is speed,” he added.
But as recent aid begins to arrive in the region, CNN’s Barbara Star reports this weekend that there is growing concern about how quickly Ukraine will be able to. Reduce your reserves Ammunition in this coming battle.
Although the United States has announced it will send 18 155 mm howitzers and 40,000 artillery shells as part of its latest aid package, a US official has warned that aid could be exhausted in a few days as fierce fighting intensifies in the Donbass. .
In light of those pressures, retired Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, former commander of the U.S. military, said Sunday that U.S. officials must be clear in defining their goals and determined what the United States must do to help Ukraine win. United in Europe in an interview en “Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan” on CBS. He said that although recent US aid was “substantial”, it was not enough.
“What Ukrainians desperately need is long-range fire, rockets, artillery, and drones that can disrupt or destroy highly damaging systems in Ukrainian cities, and will play a key role in this next phase when it begins.” Hodges said. “I really want to hear the government talk about winning, and I want to have a sense of urgency to get these things done. Otherwise, in the next two weeks, we want this opportunity to really sabotage Russia’s effort. It has to happen.”
A “red line” in Mariupol
An important part of Russia’s current campaign is the capture of the port city of Mariupol in an attempt to build Putin’s coveted land bridge from eastern Ukraine to the Crimean peninsula. Russian Ministry of Defense Ukrainian soldiers demanded in Mariupol Surrender before 1pm local time on Sunday, but later said in a statement that the final warning had been ignored.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that it had surrounded the remaining Ukrainian soldiers and others at the Azovstal steel plant. “If there is further protest, everything will be removed,” the statement said.
Mariupol, an adviser to the mayor, said Sunday that Russian forces had declared the city Come and go this Monday will be closed They have also started issuing the necessary permits to enter the city.
Zelensky and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba both framed the fate of Mariupol as another important turning point in the war because Russia’s relentless bombing did not seem to cost a man.
Zelensky has previously warned that the withdrawal of troops from Mariupol could halt any peace talks with Russia. This Sunday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba said it would be difficult to continue talks with Russia in the wake of the atrocities in Pucha. He said in an interview with CBS ‘Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan that Russia’s determination to destroy Mariupol “at all costs” could become a “red line”.
Zhelensky told Topper that no one yet knew how many people had died in Mariupol. “If someone gives you an image, it’s a complete lie,” Zhelensky said. He added that “several thousand, tens of thousands” were forced to evacuate the city in the direction of Russia, leaving no trace of the document and the Ukrainian government did not know where they were.
“About 5,000 children were deported Because they are not allowed to go from this region to the Russian side to the Ukrainian side, ”Zhelensky said in an interview. “(Those) children. Where are they? No one knows.”
Although he has said he is still willing to engage in diplomatic talks with Russia if given the opportunity, it has become increasingly difficult to do so because he has seen the shocking number of Putin’s occupations. “What’s the cost of all this? “Who pays for all this? This is Ukraine. We are.”
Putin’s difficult mood and the risk of continuing to send aid to Ukraine
Determining where Putin’s “red line” is and how far the Russian presidency can continue to help Ukraine without escalating the war and endangering NATO troops is one of the biggest challenges for the Biden administration and its allies so far. .
As the United States prepares to send a $ 800 million aid package to Ukraine last week, Russia has warned in a diplomatic note The State Department was told that there would be “unpredictable consequences” if the United States and its allies continued to send heavy weapons to Ukraine.
Military experts have described the move as an indication that Russia may consider attacking not only its own weapons when it reaches Ukrainian soil, but also attacking NATO supply chains carrying arms to Ukraine’s borders.
As world leaders try to figure out what Putin thinks and how far he can go to punish countries that help Ukraine, it is clear that Putin is the Austrian president who met with Putin last week. He believes in winning the war and acting on “the logic of his own war.”
“(Putin) thinks war is necessary for the security guarantees of the Russian Federation. He does not trust the international community. He blames the Ukrainians for the genocide in the Donbass region,” Nehmmer told NBC’s Meet the Press. This Sunday, he refers to Putin’s imaginary campaign to justify his actions against Ukraine. “He’s in his world now, but I think he knows what’s happening in Ukraine now.”
Zhelensky seeks to get world leaders more involved in the next phase by warning them that they should be concerned about the possible consequences of Putin’s next steps, as there are great challenges in confronting a leader with such a twisted and difficult mindset. That you can use A tactical atomic bomb Because it showed the least respect for human lives during the invasion of Ukraine.
When asked by Tapper about the promise made by world leaders every year on Holocaust Memorial Day, in the refrain, “Never again,” Zhelensky posed a challenge to Ukraine’s allies. The atrocities perpetrated by Russia throughout its unprovoked invasion.
“I do not believe in anything,” Zhelensky said clearly when asked about the ballad. “Not again. Really? Everyone’s talking about this, yet, as you can see, not everyone has the courage.”