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Zelensky’s European Tour: Gifts Alone Cannot Secure Victory, Says The Guardian

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The Guardian reported that by the standards of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, his blitz tour of European capitals was “successful”, perhaps because he left Berlin with an additional 2.7 billion euros for weapons.

The Guardian wrote that, in addition, Paris offered to provide additional training for troops and some light tanks, while London was stuck on the issue of training pilots for long-range fighters and drones.

The newspaper considered that the continuous supply of Western weapons increasingly revived Kiev’s hopes of confronting the Russians, and the most important question: “Does Ukraine have enough weapons to be able to decisively win the war?”, indicating that a partial answer will come. when Ukraine actually launches its anticipated counterattack.

“We really need more time,” Zelensky said on this occasion during a meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

The British newspaper considered that the British Storm Shadow missiles, which are probably several dozen missiles with a range of more than 300 kilometers, are a valuable European gift to Kyiv.

Promises from the West are not enough

The newspaper concluded that the deeper meaning of Zelensky’s European tour from a military perspective is that Kiev may not yet have enough of everything the West has promised and needs to secure a future supply line from Europe throughout 2023.

The newspaper said that European military support alone would not be enough to achieve “victory” for Kiev, given that the United States is the biggest contributor in this aspect.

Finally, there remains hope for a NATO summit in mid-July, “which could help focus the minds of the hesitant. It is unclear whether the few remaining Ukrainian air forces can survive a long war.”

Source: Guardian

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