Ukraine: Let’s hope President Zelensky’s message to NATO doesn’t fall on deaf ears

Ukraine never wanted this war. And does not want to fight for years. We just want to save our people. We want to survive! Just survive! Like any nation, we have the right to it. The right to life. The right to this one percent.” – President Volodymyr Zelensky (24.03.2022).

Today Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which is important as the war is continuing and the defence of the nation is still at stake. Ukraine need support and help from the outside to be able to stagnate the invasion of the Russian-Belorussian on their territory. We know the war has been brutal and horrific. The amounts of refugees and the numbers of fatalities is rising on both sides.

The verified numbers from Ukraine and Russia is showing how good the Ukrainian forces has defended their land. The Ukrainian forces has not only killed more soldiers than the Russian army lost in the 20 year war in Afghanistan. So, we know the Ukrainian forces has fought bravely for their territory and sovereign nation. Therefore, Ukraine should get not only recognition, but also massive support to ensure that it contain and stop the Russian from entering even more.

This is why Zelensky started with today:

I am addressing you from Kyiv, our capital, which has been fighting for a month already, just as our entire state. Yes, it is true – we are not in the Alliance. Not in the most powerful defense union in the world. Not one of the 30 states under the umbrella of joint protection. Under the umbrella of Article 5. It feels like we are in the “gray zone”. Between the West and Russia. But we defend all our common values. And we are bright people! And we have been defending all these values for a month now! A month of heroic resistance. A month of the darkest suffering. A month of unpunished destruction of the peaceful state, and with it – the whole architecture of global security. All this is before the eyes of the whole world. Over the decades, Russia has accumulated considerable resources, military resources, manpower and equipment, air bombs, missiles” (Zelensky, 24.03.2022).

His proving real resilience and what they can do. Zelensky proves how good the Ukrainian defence has been. That they could be able to defend and stop Russian defence from a total surrender for a month. Which the Russian forces thought it would have done within days and not continue to fight on the same front-lines still to do this day. So, Ukraine has shown real force and that they not to mess with.

He continues:

The very first hours of the invasion meant brutal missile strikes for us. During the month of the war, Russia fired more than a thousand different missiles at our cities. Made hundreds of air raids. On February 24, I addressed you with a perfectly clear, logical request to help close our skies. In any format. Protect our people from Russian bombs and missiles. We did not hear a clear answer. Ukraine does not have powerful anti-missile weapons, and has a much smaller aircraft fleet than Russia. Therefore, their advantage in the sky is like the use of weapons of mass destruction. And you see the consequences today – how many people were killed, how many peaceful cities were destroyed” (Zelensky, 24.03.2022).

This is a serious plea, as the NATO and EU have decided not to stop or make it possible for a “No-Fly-Zone” over Ukraine. As they are doing this… they are making it possible for Russia to air-raid and bomb the territory without any interruption. So, he is speaking of this and it all makes sense that he wants that. Because, than his arsenal and defence would be more beneficial. It would also stop the destruction and damages, which is happening on a large scale.

He has further asked for more military aid:

Ukraine asked for your planes. So that we do not lose so many people. And you have thousands of fighter jets! But we haven’t been given any yet. We asked for tanks. So that we can unblock our cities that are now dying – Mariupol, Berdyansk, Melitopol, others. Cities where Russia is keeping hundreds of thousands of people hostage and artificially creating famine – no water, no food, nothing there. You have at least 20,000 tanks! Ukraine asked for a percent, one percent of all your tanks to be given or sold to us! But we do not have a clear answer yet… The worst thing during the war is not having clear answers to requests for help” (Zelensky, 24.03.2022).

We know that Poland pledged to give their MIG-29 Jets to Ukraine, but the United States of America through NATO blocked this during this month. So, we know that the NATO has the fighter-jets and an offer on the line, but cowardly blocked it. Therefore, Zelensky is right to ask for it and plea for it again to boost his defence. He only wants to be as strong as possible.

We know that things are turning bad… and not becoming any better. The war-zone and blocking from the world is very clear. The reports from the invaded territory and Russian zones are dire. So, the Ukrainian President is just stating serious fact. The request for tanks just shows how cautious the West, NATO and everyone around Ukraine have been. As they have only given tokens, smaller-arms and ammunition. The military equipment has been important for the defence of Ukraine. So, the asking of tanks is only needed, because of the superior amount of tanks the Russians has. They have so much more than Ukraine ever had and this an advantage.

He continues:

Yes, we are not in the Alliance. And I do not make these claims. But Ukrainians never thought that the Alliance and the Allies were different. That in matters of life and death you can be a force separately, but together – no. That NATO may be afraid of Russia’s actions. I am sure you already understand that Russia does not intend to stop in Ukraine. Does not intend and will not. It wants to go further. Against the eastern members of NATO. The Baltic states, Poland – that’s for sure. Will NATO then stop thinking about it, worrying about how Russia will react? Who can be sure of that? And do you have confidence that Article 5 can work? “Budapest” hasn’t worked for us already. Our Budapest Memorandum. Has not worked for peace in Ukraine. And I will tell you honestly – today Budapest is not working for peace in Ukraine as well. Yes, we receive help from individual members of the Alliance. I am very grateful. Ukrainians are sincerely grateful for this. To each of you who gives what you have, supporting us” (Zelensky, 24.03.2022).

What Zelensky says here is a warning and in recent days the Russians has shown possibility of continuing further than Ukraine with this war. As they have had texts or letters like Dmitry Medvedev “On Poland” and RIA published a text on Poland calling them “Hyaenas of the West”. So, we know the Russians are gearing up and it’s happening also on Russian TV as well. Therefore, the warning to NATO makes sense. Yes, the NATO has boosted the Eastern Flank, but if they think that is enough… they are wrong and they could deterrent it properly by bosting Ukraine right now. Instead of awaiting the war on their soil.

He ended the speech with:

You can give us one percent of all your aircraft. One percent of all your tanks. One percent! We can’t just buy it. Such a supply directly depends only on NATO’s decisions, on political decisions, by the way. MLRS systems. Anti-ship weapons. Means of air defense. Is it possible to survive such a war without it? So when it’s finally available, it will give us and you as well, one hundred percent security. And we need one. And the only thing I demand from you… After such a month of war. This is a request for the sake of our military. After such a war against Russia … Never, please, never tell us again that our army does not meet NATO standards. We have shown what our standards are capable of. And how much we can give to the common security in Europe and the world. How much we can do to protect against aggression against everything we value, everything you value. But NATO has yet to show what the Alliance can do to save people. To show that this is truly the most powerful defense union in the world. And the world is waiting. And Ukraine is very much waiting. Waiting for real actions. Real security guarantees. From those whose word is trustworthy. And whose actions can keep the peace. Truly. All offers are on the table. Our needs are on the table. We need peace immediately. The answers are up to you” (Zelensky, 24.03.2022).

He is asking for support and proper ones. What he has gotten is the smaller military equipment and some abilities to defend itself. However, if the NATO and the Western Allies want Ukraine to properly defend itself. They need to do more and some parts of the NATO has offered them, but been blocked. There are signs of wind of change and the releases of the brutality in Ukraine should open up people’s eyes. As the Russians don’t care if they are blowing up the whole republic into smithereens. That’s why it’s needed to listen to Zelensky and the needs of the Ukrainian people. They need more than solidarity and small tokens, which has been the main provision for now. This because the NATO and their allies have been cautions, but not taken into consideration of what could come at a later stage. Peace.

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