Ukraine's Foreign Minister Attributes Battlefield Setbacks to Insufficient Support

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Attributes Battlefield Setbacks to Insufficient Support

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated on Saturday that he holds “everyone who is not doing enough” accountable for Ukraine’s recent battlefield setbacks acknowledging that the current frontline situation is “tough.”

“I’m grateful to everyone, but I blame everyone who is not doing enough,” Kuleba said via videoconference at the Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn, Estonia. He was responding to CNN’s Jim Sciutto, who asked if he holds the US responsible for delays in aid that have allowed Russian forces to advance further into Ukraine.

Kuleba’s remarks follow an intensified offensive by Moscow in northern Ukraine. Last week, Russian forces launched their most surprising operation in two years of war, crossing the northern border in renewed attempts to capture Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

Analysts suggest that Russia anticipated the pause in Western military support to Ukraine and has taken advantage of it for its own benefit. “Ukraine may need to make difficult decisions due to the slow response from the US and the resulting dilemma,” George Barros from the Institute for the Study of War in Washington told CNN.

This situation comes as Kyiv’s forces are stretched thin, with significantly less artillery than the Russians, insufficient air defenses, and a shortage of soldiers.

Kuleba described Ukraine’s current frontline position as “tough.”

“Russia is strong, and we are suffering from insufficient supplies of military assistance, which we have to compensate for with the heroism and sacrifice of our soldiers,” he said.

“The main message remains the same: send us everything. We have proven over these two years that when our soldiers have everything they need, we succeed. When we lack the necessary resources, we struggle,” he added.

The foreign minister emphasized that the battlefield situation would improve if more countries increased their assistance to Ukraine. He suggested that if every nation allocated 1% of their GDP to military aid, following Estonia’s example, Ukraine’s performance on the battlefield would significantly enhance.

“Estonia demonstrates to the world that a small country with a big heart can make a substantial impact, serving as a model for others to emulate,” he stated.

Kuleba affirmed that Ukraine will “strive diligently on plan A, which involves maintaining and increasing support to ensure Ukraine’s victory.”

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