President Zelenskyy reminded Congress that "your money is not charity, it is an investment." Will this convince Republicans to continue supporting Ukraine? Council President Ivo Daalder weighs in with Zain Asher on CNN International.
"It's hard to watch a speech like this and not be extraordinarily moved by both the bravery that President Zelenskyy himself represents. The fact is he was on the front line - literally on the front line, in Bakhmut, a city that had been pummeled by Russian artillery since at least May. And 24 hours later he's standing in front of Congress to tell them that this is not just a fight for Ukraine, it's a fight for the world. And therefore the assistance that is being provided is absolutely critical, not just as charity - I think the line was exactly right - but as an investment into their future.
We're facing, 10 months into this war, a declining willingness, particularly among Republicans, both in Congress and among the public to continue to spend what is necessary to help the Ukrainians. At the same time he's coming to Washington just when Congress is passing another 45 billion dollars' worth of military and economic aid and he secured that vote with that speech."
Zain Asher asks: is it likely that Republicans are going to push Zelenskyy to settle for some kind of peace?
"Because of the extraordinary amount of money that is in the omnibus bill, funding will continue at least through September of 2023, so that's at least nine more months of real funding, and it probably is longer than that. So in that sense, it postpones the next vote until that time. And a lot of things can happen.
"But secondly, it's clear that Zelenskyy cannot and will not sort of compromise because some people in Washington are saying that it's time for him to do so. His fight as he says is not just for the world, it's also for Ukraine. They were attacked, they have been attacked brutally and are continuing to be assaulted as your reporter just mentioned. And they're going to fight until the very, very, very bitter end. And if there's no more assistance then it will be without that assistance. But I think that he will also underscore, and that will be the next nine months, in making it clear that it is important to continue to support Ukraine with the capabilities necessary for defending itself."
With the onset of winter and Russia continuing to target Ukrainian infrastructure, what more does President Zelenskyy need from the United States that he's not currently getting?
"He is getting enough to defend himself against the onslaught and to push back the Russians very significantly. About half the territory that Russia took at the outset of the war has been liberated by Ukrainian forces. And that liberation would not have been possible without the kind of military assistance, training, and intelligence support the United States and other allies have been providing and it needs to continue. There are some capabilities, particularly tanks, longer range missile systems, that might provide Ukraine with an even greater capability for offensive operations against the Russians.
"And so I think what we're seeing is first, slowdown in the tempo of war just because it gets too cold and too muddy until the ground really freezes. And then secondly, a war that will move much more slowly in terms of the overall miles that are reconquered, but I also think steadily will push the Russians back over time. And at some point the question will be raised by the Russians, by the Ukrainians: is there an alternative to fighting in order to settle this war. And that is the dynamic that I think we'll see in the coming year."
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A handful of congressional Republicans met Tuesday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a signal of continued U.S. support even as hard-right members of the party vow to block future aid to the embattled country.Why is the US helping Ukraine? ›
Since 2014, the United States has provided approximately $45 billion in security assistance for training and equipment to help Ukraine preserve its territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO.What is the US opinion on Ukraine? ›
About two-thirds in the U.S. have a positive view of Ukraine amid ongoing war. Most Americans have a favorable opinion of Ukraine. About two-thirds (64%) have a positive view of the country, while 34% have a negative view.How tall is Zelenski? › Who is trying to assassinate Zelensky? ›
More than 400 Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group were reported to have been in Kyiv by late February 2022, with orders to assassinate Zelenskyy and destabilize the government enough for Russia to take control.What is the meaning of GOP? ›
GOP is the Grand Old Party, a nickname for the Republican Party of the United States of America.Who is helping Ukraine the most? ›
While the U.S. has sent the most aid in total dollars, Ukraine's neighbors are contributing the most on a per GDP basis. Feb. 24, 2023, at 11:49 a.m.Does the US rely on Ukraine for anything? ›
In 2019, of the $1.3 billion in U.S. imports from Ukraine, the top commodity sectors were Base metals (59.0%), Agriculture products (12.0%), and Machinery and Mechanical Appliances (9.5%).Who has sent most aid to Ukraine? ›
In total aid (military, financial and humanitarian combined), the European Union and its countries have provided the most to Ukraine, according to Kiel Institute, whereas the United States has by far provided the most in military aid.What happens if we go to war with China? ›
A war would halt this trade (as well as American and allied shipments to China). U.S. supplies of many products could soon run low, paralyzing a vast range of businesses. It could take months to restore trade, and emergency rationing of some items would be needed.
Ukraine has regained territory and liberated thousands of Ukrainian people thanks to the awe-inspiring bravery of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the resilience of the Ukrainian people and the overwhelming international support.How did Americans feel about the Vietnam war? ›
Many Americans opposed the war on moral grounds, appalled by the devastation and violence of the war. Others claimed the conflict was a war against Vietnamese independence, or an intervention in a foreign civil war; others opposed it because they felt it lacked clear objectives and appeared to be unwinnable.How popular is Zelensky? ›
In February 2023, over 90 percent of the Ukrainian population approved of the activities of Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the president of the country. The approval rating was at approximately the same level as in June 2022.How old is Volodymyr Zelenskyy? › How tall is Vladimir? ›
At an estimated 5ft 7in, Putin has been labelled as having “Napoleon complex”. But he is only half an inch shorter than the global mean height for adult men and - as The New European points out - is joined by a “new generation of short kings”.Who has the most assassination attempts on a single person? ›
According to the Cuban government, Fidel Castro survived over 600 assassination attempts.Who was the CIA director secretly met with Zelenskyy? ›
CIA Director William Burns made a clandestine trip to Ukraine last week to meet with the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and brief him on Russia's anticipated next steps in its invasion, a US official told Reuters Thursday.How many fighters has Ukraine shot down? ›
“Ukraine's downed over 70 Russian aircraft. So both of their integrated air and missile defense, especially when you're talking about going against aircraft, they've been very effective. And that's why they're not flying over one another's country.”Why is Ukraine important to the world? ›
Ukraine has long played an important, yet sometimes overlooked, role in the global security order. Today, the country is on the front lines of a renewed great-power rivalry that many analysts say will dominate international relations in the decades ahead. Ukraine's Counteroffensive: Will It Retake Crimea?What is NATO doing to help Ukraine? ›
NATO allies have provided training for tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers, and since March 2022, they have also delivered more than 150 billion euros in support, including 65 billion euros in military aid.
It would exceed the largest anomaly ever recorded since the beginning of Food and Agricultural Organization observational records in 1961. And under the largest war scenario – a war between the U.S. and Russia – more than 75% of the planet would be starving within two years.Why is Ukraine not in NATO? ›
Plans for NATO membership were shelved by Ukraine following the 2010 presidential election in which Viktor Yanukovych, who preferred to keep the country closer to Russia, was elected President. Yanukovych fled Ukraine in February 2014 during the Revolution of Dignity.