Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian President Vladimir Putin had embarked on a “great revenge” for the resistance of his troops.
Zelensky had warned for weeks that Moscow was aiming to step up its offensive in Ukraine after two months of stalemate along a front stretching across the south and east.
While there were no signs of a new, broader offensive, heavy fighting was raging in the east as Russia pushed toward Bakhmut, a town it saw as key to capturing the valuable Donbas region.
Zelensky said the Russian attacks in the east were relentless despite heavy Russian casualties. It is believed to be a countermeasure for Ukraine’s success in pushing Russian troops back from the capital, northeast and south at the start of the conflict.
“I think the Russians really want some big revenge. I think they do [sudah] start it,” Zelensky said, quoted from EuronewsTuesday (31/1/2023).
In recent weeks, Western nations have pledged hundreds of modern tanks and armored vehicles to equip Ukrainian troops in a counteroffensive to retake territory by 2023.
However, the delivery of those weapons was months away, leaving Kyiv to continue fighting through the winter.
Zelensky continued to urge the West to speed up the delivery of promised weapons so that Ukraine could strike.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s hope of getting the help of F-16 fighter jets from the United States (US) in the war against Russia seems to have been buried.
US President Joe Biden says he will not send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine to help his war against Russia. He only “promised” to visit an important ally that became a neighbor of Ukraine, namely Poland.
“No,” Biden said when asked by reporters at the White House whether he supported the delivery of the jets AFPTuesday (31/1/2023).
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