Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi in an interview with the Associated Press expressed concern that the change of political forces in Washington could affect the war, which is in its second year. At the same time, he expressed confidence that Ukraine will definitely win over Russian aggression and thanked the countries and Ukrainian society for their help "at a critical moment for the country."
From February 24, 2022, Ukraine, with the support of most of the West, surprised the world with the strength of its resistance to the larger, better equipped Russian army, the publication writes. While the war in Ukraine continues for the second year, as mentioned, the President is focused on maintaining high motivation both among the military and among the Ukrainian population in general. Zelenskyі "is well aware that his country's success is largely due to waves of international military support, particularly from the United States and Western Europe."
However, as noted, some candidates for the post of president of the United States, in particular the Republican Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, doubt whether Washington should continue to provide military aid to Ukraine. Trump's likely Republican rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also suggested that defending Ukraine in a "territorial dispute" with Russia "is not an important US national security priority." He later retracted that statement after facing criticism from other members of the Republican Party.
Zelenskyі did not name Trump or any other Republican politicians he would likely have to deal with if they win the 2024 election. However, he said he was worried that the shift in political power in Washington could affect the war, the agency said.
"The United States really understands that if they stop helping us, we're not going to win," he said in an interview.
The president makes several predictions about how the war will end. However, he expressed confidence that Ukraine will win thanks to a series of "small victories" and "small steps" against "a very big country, a big enemy, a big army", which, he said, has "small hearts".
Zelenskyі admitted that the war "changed" his country, and added that the enemy made society stronger.
"It could go one way, divide the country, or another way - unite us. I am very grateful. I am grateful to everyone - to each individual partner, to our people, thank God, to all that we found this way at this critical moment for the nation "The search for this path saved our nation, and we saved our land. We are together," he concluded.