Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, said that the Russian Armed Forces must pick up and fix the issues it suffered on the Ukrainian battlefield and pledged to provide the military with whatever it required to carry on the ten-month-long brutal war. On the other hand, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave an address on Wednesday night from Capitol Hill, expressing thanks for US assistance in fighting off Moscow’s violence and requesting more.
Putin tells his generals Russian army kit needs to be improved and modernised, promises unlimited funding: “There are no restrictions on funding. This country, its government have been giving the army everything it asks for. Everything.”
— Vitaly Shevchenko (@VitalyBBC) December 21, 2022
Additionally, in an address during a meeting with military leaders in Moscow on Dec. 21, the Russian leader said there’re no financial constraints on what the administration would give in terms of weapons and military equipment. He continued that they’ve no funding limitations. The government is sending everything that his forces ask for.
Furthermore, the Russian President acknowledged, not for the first time, that the call-up of 0.3M military reservists that he ordered this September hadn’t gone smoothly – Moscow’s most significant military mobilization since the Second World War. Nevertheless, Mr. Putin said the partial military mobilization that was conducted revealed specific issues, as everyone knows, which should be urgently addressed.
Ukrainian President Delivers Impassioned Plea for More Help
And Ukrainian leader said during the joint Congressional session on Wednesday that he anticipates his words of respect and thankfulness resonate in every American heart. Mr. Zelenskyy added: against all odds, and dire scenarios, his country didn’t fall, and his people didn’t lose hope of freedom and security. The head of state of Ukraine also said Ukraine is alive & kicking.
However, alongside the Ukrainian President’s appreciation was a plea emphasizing that his forces are outnumbered and outgunned by the Moscow troops as they fight on. At one point, the leader of Ukrainians drew laughs from the Congresspersons when he said: Ukraine has artillery, yes. Grateful to You. They’ve it. Is it enough? Honestly speaking, not really.
Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy’s trip to D.C. marks the first outside his country since Russians invaded on Feb. 24, arriving late on Wednesday to alter the course for the future of the brutal conflict alongside a key European supporter.