The project, which US President Joe Biden's administration failed to pass, included $110.5 billion in aid, including about $50 billion in new security aid to Ukraine as well as funds for humanitarian and economic aid to the government in Kiev.
Hours before the vote, Zelensky renewed his warning to Western countries and Washington, the main backer, of the collapse of the battlefronts in his country in the hands of Russian forces, saying: "Russian President Vladimir Putin is counting on the "collapse" of Western support for Ukraine, adding that the Russian military "significantly increased pressure" on the front," during a virtual conference of Group of Seven leaders.
Zelensky's request for weapons and congressional rejection of a draft resolution on funding, and the West's demonstrations against support for Kiev, coincided with an increase in criticism of the president's Ukrainian income, with Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko criticizing the president's performance, stressing that his popularity is declining.
Turkish researcher specializing in international affairs Firas Radwanoglu believes that Zelensky dragged his country into a confrontation that tends its balance in favor of Russia absolutely, there is a vast difference between the capabilities and preparations of the Russian and Ukrainian armies, and therefore Russia practiced military plans for the Ukrainian army and encircled it during the first half year of the war and then liquidated its capabilities and supplies to the West during the past winter in the presence of high-tech and highly armed air combat capabilities of the Russians, while Ukraine continues to ask Westerners to obtain fighter jets (F 16) For months, without having fully trained and sufficient crews to deal with it and use it professionally to balance the war.
Radwanoglu added, in exclusive statements to Sky News Arabia, that the cases of corruption spread in light of the deterioration of the state's economic conditions and military failure followed by failure were behind expectations that the Westerners will not be patient much on Zelensky and there will be more pressure to push him to accept a political settlement with the Russian party, whatever Moscow's requirements.
He explained that there are many points that confirm that Zelensky is in a dilemma and an unenviable position, reviewing steps taken by the Ukrainian president to adjust his political fortunes.
- The preoccupation of U.S.-led Western backers with directing support convoys toward Israel for support in the Gaza war prompted Zelenskiy to intensify his forces' attacks in Avdiivka and drone strikes.
- Lack of support from NATO is behind many of the failures on the front and Zelensky's resort to erecting defensive barricades and fortifications to ensure that no other areas fall in the east.
- The arrival of F-16s and missiles is delayed and uncertain, especially after Congress refused to approve new funding for military support to Kiev.
- The Biden administration's talk with Ukrainian leaders about potentially linking future economic aid to "reforms to tackle corruption and make Ukraine a more attractive place for private investment" forced the Ukrainian president to fire a number of senior defense officials.
Disagreements besiege Zelensky's circle
Hoffman Marchenko, an expert at the Russian National Center for Military Studies, believes that the failure of the Ukrainian counterattack and the Russian army's achievement of many military successes and control of large cities led to wide divisions and differences between the Ukrainian military and political leaders, especially between Chief of Staff Valery Zaluzhny and President Volodymyr Zelensky, and some reports came out indicating that there are inflamed differences between the two parties, which led some to expect that the next Ukrainian presidential elections will not be completed.
Hoffman Marchenko said, during his statements to Sky News Arabia, that in light of the spread of grand corruption and talk about the disappearance and leakage of many aspects of Western support provided to Ukraine, whether material or military, which opens the door wide to reveal senior figures mired in administrative, political and military corruption, and the calculation may be difficult and the price of these failures is Zelensky's political and military future.
Marchenko outlined a number of factors that suggest that President Zelenskiy's future is in jeopardy.
- Ukraine has received huge financial and military aid from Western countries, since the war began on February 24, 2022, but to no avail.
- The fall of about a quarter of Ukraine's total area to the Russian military and under its control translates into a widespread failure of the Zelensky regime and its Western backers.
- European and Western discontent with the burdensome subsidy bill for Western capitals' coffers amid the global energy and production crises.
- The almost complete destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure, especially in the eastern and southern regions, means economic loss for decades to come.