Ukraine's victory over Russia depends on the West, says Volodymyr Zelensky

As the conflict in Ukraine has just entered its third year and following a government seminar, Volodymyr Zelensky held a press conference this Sunday, February 25.

The Ukrainian president spoke of the risk of a major Russian offensive if the West did not deliver shells to Ukraine.

It was a press conference in the form of a warning.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference in kyiv, February 25, 2024. AP - Evgeniy Maloletka

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With our correspondent in Kiev,

Stéphane Siohan

In this somewhat alarmist press conference,

Volodymyr Zelensky

clearly warned Westerners of the consequences of not delivering sufficient numbers of artillery shells in recent weeks.

According to Volodymyr Zelensky, the Russian army will counterattack massively at the end of May or the beginning of summer, if never in March or April, Ukraine


not receive ammunition.

Earlier in the day, Defense Minister Rustem Umerov said Ukraine had received only 50% of the shells promised by European partners and that all aid was arriving behind schedule.

Volodymyr Zelensky, who visited the Kupiansk sector in the Kharkiv region in recent days, illustrated that there, in the east, the firepower of the Russians was seven times greater than that of the Ukrainians. .

In general, Volodymyr Zelensky believes that Ukraine will face very difficult months, particularly until the American presidential election which, according to him, will decide the future scenarios of the war.

The Ukrainian president also recalled the importance of deliveries of new Patriot anti-aircraft batteries.

He estimates that ten Patriots could completely secure the industrial infrastructure and the front line.

Finally, this is a first.

Zelensky spoke about the number of soldiers killed since the start of the war.

According to him, there are 31,000 of them, but according to him, the


Federation has seen 180,000 soldiers die in combat.

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