Polish President Duda: Ukraine needs more international support

Polish President Andrzej Duda believes that Ukraine needs more international support. He reinforced his statements by saying that the country probably does not have enough weapons to balance the war.

“The question is: Does Ukraine have enough weapons to change the balance of the war and gain the upper hand? And the answer is probably no. “And we know that by the fact that they are currently unable to conduct a decisive counteroffensive against the Russian military,” Duda said in an interview with The Washington Post, according to The Kyiv Independent. Duda added, however, that the West’s delivery of long-range artillery could mean that “Ukraine now has much more modern military capabilities than Russia.”

Western observers view counteroffensive with skepticism

The Ukrainian counteroffensive has been moving in at least three directions in southwestern and eastern Ukraine since early July. President Volodymyr Zelensky called the counteroffensive “challenging,” adding that his country would still take the initiative. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, told The Washington Post that Ukrainian troops were making limited daily progress despite a shortage of much-needed supplies, including F-16 fighter jets and artillery ammunition. Among Western observers, however, the relatively slow progress of the counteroffensive evoked skepticism.

Image: Kancelaria Sejmu / Rafał Zambrzycki, Andrzej Duda Odsłonięcie pomnika Wojciecha Korfantego w Warszawie, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

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