Zelensky: Putin Fears Ukraine; US Commits $60.8B in Aid

Zelensky discusses military fatigue amid ongoing conflict

by Zain ul Abedin
Zelensky: Putin Fears Ukraine; US Commits $60.8B in Aid
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In an illuminating exchange with Brazilian journalists, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered a bold assertion regarding Russian leader Vladimir Putin's apprehensions toward Ukraine. "Believe me, Putin is very much afraid of us.

I am sure of it because he is an insecure person," Zelensky stated, shedding light on the psychological dynamics at play. The Ukrainian leader delved deeper into his characterization of Putin, suggesting that the Russian President's threats of nuclear escalation betray a fundamental lack of confidence.

"Confident people with a large army and great power, and abundant natural resources, do not threaten the world with nuclear weapons. Brave people do not threaten civilization, the Earth’s existence, and all living things with nuclear weapons," Zelensky articulated, emphasizing the need for unwavering resolve in the face of intimidation.

Ukraine's Resilient Struggle

Zelensky also candidly discussed the toll the prolonged conflict has taken on his military forces, acknowledging the inevitable fatigue that accompanies sustained engagement. "I won’t lie – it is there.

But there are different perspectives on that – we are all humans. Even when you go to work at a job you love, you still come home tired in the evening. But that doesn't mean you’re not going to go to work the next morning," he remarked, highlighting the resilience and commitment of Ukrainian troops.

Zelensky's interview coincides with a critical juncture in U.S. foreign policy. The House of Representatives recently passed a substantial aid package for Ukraine. The legislation, which proposes $60.8 billion in aid, received robust bipartisan support, passing with a vote of 311-112.

This decisive action reflects a strong commitment from both political parties to support Ukraine amid its ongoing conflict with Russia. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to be taken up next week. President Joe Biden has expressed his readiness to sign the bill into law promptly, underscoring the United States' steadfast support for Ukraine in its struggle for sovereignty and territorial integrity.

This legislative move is pivotal as it reinforces the international stance against aggression, signaling continued global backing for Zelensky's government.