Ukrainian leader says helping his country should be more important to Americans than domestic concerns
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky told British broadcaster Piers Morgan that inflation and the coronavirus were “nothing” in relation to the struggle of Ukraine, and Americans should support aid to kyiv “until we win.”
As the United States grapples with 40 years of high inflation and record gasoline prices, several polls point to these economic concerns as more pressing among Americans than the conflict in Ukraine. In addition, nearly five times as many people in the United States blame President Joe Biden’s policies for their misfortune as Russian President Vladimir Putin, regardless of the Biden administration’s efforts to qualify the skyrocketing cost of living. of “Putin’s price hike.”
Speaking to Morgan in a recently taped television interview, Zelensky reminded Americans who are fed up with the flow of aid to Ukraine — more than $56 billion since February — that the two countries are “to fight for absolutely common values.”
“The war in Ukraine is always the war against those values that are professed in the United States and in Europe,” he told Morgan, according to a New York Post article. “We give our lives for your values and the common security of the world.”
“So inflation is nothing, Covid is nothing,” He continued. “These things are secondary. The most important thing is to survive and preserve your life, your family and your country. Therefore, for the moment, we are doing this work, but the West must help us.
kyiv has said it needs $65 billion in foreign aid this year just to stay afloat, while Zelensky’s advisers have called for increasingly massive arms donations from the West. Earlier this month, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov said the Ukrainian military needed at least 100 US-made HIMARS rocket artillery systems – about a third of the entire US stock – to conduct a “an effective counter-offensive” against Russian forces.
Zelensky told Morgan he expected unlimited support from the West, stating that “Help will not be enough until the war is over and until we win.”
While a majority of Republican lawmakers voted with fellow Democrats in May to allocate $43 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine, there are signs that conservatives are tired of backing Zelensky’s army. Former President Donald Trump has accused Biden of dragging the United States into “Third World War” while conservative pundit Tucker Carlson condemned his administration for backing a “corrupt” and “tyrannical” WE “Client State.”
Despite the apprehensions of the American right, the United States will probably continue to fund the Ukrainian army. Along with G7 leaders, Biden pledged last month to keep money and guns flowing “as long as it takes” while National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said last week that regardless of weak public support at home, there is a “tank” of “deep and lasting support” to the White House and Congress for “to replenish these resources should it become necessary.”