According to comments made by President Volodymyr Zelensky and published on Saturday, Ukraine is prepared to start a long-awaited counteroffensive against Russia; but, the country is concerned about suffering heavy fatalities as a result of Moscow’s superior air force.
For the past few months, Ukraine has maintained that it is making preparations for a massive onslaught against the occupying forces of Moscow, but Zelensky has cautioned Kyiv on multiple occasions that it needs more time and more weapons.
According to Zelensky, “a large number of soldiers will die” if Kiev is not provided with the armaments necessary to combat the air might of Russia.
Despite the fact that Kyiv is “ready” for the offensive and is confident that it will be successful, the leader of Ukraine stated that it would be “dangerous” to launch the offensive without further cooperation from the West to repel Russian air attacks.
He made those remarks as the nation’s capital was being subjected to a slew of aerial attacks this week, one of which occurred during the day, which is quite unusual.
According to Zelensky, “Everyone knows perfectly well that any counteroffensive without air superiority is very dangerous,” and he stated this.
“Try to put yourself in the shoes of a soldier who is aware that he does not have a roof over his head and who does not comprehend why the countries that are nearby have one.”
He stated that the Patriot air defense system, which is manufactured in the United States, was the only weapon that could safeguard Ukrainian skies, and he requested that additional systems be shipped to Kyiv.
“The harsh reality is that the actions of fifty Patriots will, for the most part, avert the loss of life.”
His adversary, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was the one who initiated the invasion of Ukraine in February of the previous year, was quoted as saying that he “should be afraid of the strength of the world.”
He referred to him as a “cornered animal” and said that the man was terrified for his life.
In addition, Zelensky vented his fury at Western leaders in front of the NATO meeting that will take place in Vilnius the following month, as the amount of pressure to provide Ukraine with a roadmap for joining the alliance has increased.
“If we are not acknowledged and given a signal in Vilnius, I believe there is no point for Ukraine to be at this summit,” he added. “I believe there is no point for Ukraine to be at this summit.”
He admitted that Kyiv was aware that it was impossible for the country to join NATO while Russia was occupying its territory.
A video was shown on the news program in the United States showing Zelensky, dressed in a white gown, paying a visit to a wounded soldier in the hospital who had lost both of his hands.