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Ukraine Seeks 500,000 Extra Soldiers: President Zelensky

20/12/2023


Thomas Burns


Latest News: Ukraine


 As the two-year anniversary of the war between Russia and Ukraine nears, President Volodymyr Zelensky is looking to bolster his military personnel.


Speaking at a news conference in Kyiv, President Zelensky stated that his commanders were seeking "450,000–500,000 individuals." President Zelensky admitted the topic was a “sensitive” issue.


He suggested that more details would need to be considered before making a move. The Ukrainian president hinted that there were already 500,000 soldiers on the front lines.


These comments come after a few weeks in which Ukraine has had vital aid setbacks from the US and EU.


The first setback came from the US earlier this month, when Republicans in the US Congress blocked a $60 billion military aid package for Ukraine. This was followed by another setback when Hungary blocked the $55 billion financial aid package that was heading to Ukraine. EU leaders have reiterated that Ukraine will not be left without support.


Meanwhile, this week, representatives of both the White House and the State Department stated that they are planning one more military aid package for Ukraine. However, they also stated that they were unsure as to whether they would be able to provide any further aid unless Congress acted.


The much-anticipated Ukrainian counter-offensive has come to a halt during the winter months, with weather conditions slowing the Ukrainian military. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military is also facing issues with ammunition supplies, prompting fears that Russia could outgun Ukraine on the battlefield.


This comes after earlier this month, Olena Zelensky, Ukraine's first lady, warned that Ukrainians would be “in mortal danger” of being left to die without further Western support.


Putin and the Russian military


While Ukraine has struggled to receive aid over the past few weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his plans to continue the invasion of Ukraine. President Putin vowed that all his goals would be achieved.


Meanwhile, the Kremlin leader also claimed that 617,000 Russian soldiers were actively participating in what Moscow continues to describe as its “special military operation.”.


The Russian leader did admit that his military has had issues in recent times. Specifically mentioning problems that have arisen with air defence systems, communication, and the need for further production of drones.


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