As the war continues, Ukraine has been able to hold back Russian advances for the past month, thanks in large part to continued support from the United States and European allies and support on the ground from the partisans.
Ukraine has recently been able to halt the Russian advance and force Russia to take heavy casualties, with 500 Russian soldiers killed or wounded every day. According to some estimates.
John Spencer, a retired Army officer and head of civil war studies at the Madison Policy Forum Research Institute, said that Ukraine has lost ground in some areas, but its troops have been able to weaken Russia’s military.
“They have also forced the Russians to spend resources that they cannot replenish,” Mr Spencer said. “You don’t want to say they’re winning the war because there’s a lot of fighting to be done, but really every move you think about, especially geographically and militarily, they’re making huge gains. are.”
Ukraine received another boost on Thursday when defense ministers from 26 countries, including Britain and Denmark, pledged. About $1.55 billion in military aid to Ukraine. British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the aid would include additional multiple launch rocket systems and long-range missiles.
“We are not going to tire,” Mr. Wallace said of his country’s continued support for Ukraine.
Danish Defense Minister Morten Bodskoff said that his country would not only help with weapons, but also with the training of soldiers. Mr Bodskoff said Denmark’s stance on support for Ukraine was “unwavering”.
Before the aid was announced, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, speaking to 26 countries, said the weapons sent to Ukraine “must be of such air power and to such an extent that Russia will finally be forced to think about a peaceful solution.”
The aid, which Mr. Zielinski has repeatedly called for since the war began, was added to another package from the United States announced earlier this week. The Pentagon said Monday it would send more ammunition. New tranches of up to $1 billion The value of weapons and equipment. Additionally, the United States will have sent more than $9 billion in aid to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country on February 24.
Mr Spencer said that to maintain such continued support from the West “it’s really been as much of a fight to fight the Russian forces, as to show the world that they are fighting a just war. “
“He has made history by convening one of the largest gatherings of democracies,” Mr Spencer said.
Aid to the country has not only come in the form of aid packages but also through ground support in the form of bilateral, Resistance fighters who support the Ukrainian army. On the territory occupied by Russia.
At least five fighter-bombers and three multi-role jets were “almost certainly destroyed or seriously damaged” in explosions at an air base in Crimea this week, according to a British military intelligence report on Friday. The blasts were all the more frightening for Russia, as Crimea – annexed by Moscow in 2014 – has been largely spared fighting since February and the base was far from any recognizable frontline.
A senior Ukrainian official said the attacks were carried out with the help of supporters, but the government did not claim responsibility for the attack. Mr. Zielinski, in a speech after the blasts, Criticized the authorities for not releasing any details about the attackshe added that now was “definitely not the time for empty and lofty rhetoric.”
“The less concrete details you give about our defense plans, the better it will be to implement those defense plans,” he said.