A victory appears extra distant than ever | EUROtoday

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SFor nearly two years, the Ukrainian phrase for victory, peremoha, has been omnipresent within the nation. Even right now you’ll be able to hear it in patriotic songs on the radio, learn it within the bulletins from the General Staff or see it on one of many many posters on the streets promoting navy service. But how the nation will obtain this victory at present appears extra unclear than ever earlier than on this struggle. For the 12 months 2024, the political management has set a modest goal: maintain the road, inflict losses on the enemy and develop its personal arms manufacturing.

All of this can be believable and logical, however no actual imaginative and prescient of the longer term might be derived from it. Dreams of Ukrainian flags in Crimea, which dominated public discourse round a 12 months in the past, might have aroused false hopes for a lot of. Nevertheless, they introduced society nearer collectively within the hope of a greater future.

But the Ukrainians are at present solely confronted with dangerous information on a political and navy stage: Trump's Republicans have been stopping billions in help for Kiev for months. At the identical time, the devastating Russian air assaults proceed, and the Ukrainian air protection is changing into more and more unable to counter them. The Ukrainian defenders needed to withdraw from Avdiivka to keep away from being surrounded by the advancing Russians. The Ukrainians are additionally at present having issues holding the road on different sections of the entrance, corresponding to round Kupyansk.

There is an absence of artillery ammunition and personnel on the entrance. Many Ukrainians additionally resent President Volodymyr Zelensky for firing the favored military chief Valeriy Zalushnyy firstly of February and changing him with the earlier military chief Oleksandr Syrskyj.

This textual content comes from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Great efforts have been made to make this personnel change seem harmonious. Zelensky and Zalushny introduced it with a joint picture through which they are often seen smiling and shaking palms. Saluzhny acquired one of many nation's highest honors from the president simply someday after his ouster. According to the official account, the brand new navy challenges required a change of management.

Nevertheless, many observers had the impression that Zelenskyj fired his high navy chief primarily as a result of he noticed the favored chief as a possible competitor. The relationship of belief between the 2 had lengthy been thought-about disturbed.

The military chief was extra fashionable than the president

According to surveys, the military chief loved extra belief among the many inhabitants than the president himself. Saluzhny's title was primarily related to navy successes. Even the pricey offensive within the south didn’t cease this. Salushnyj's public admission of the failure in November, which he had not coordinated with the presidential workplace, is seen as the place to begin for the open battle.

There is a few proof to counsel that Zelensky's resolution was based mostly on political concerns. Prominent MPs from the ruling Sluha Narodu occasion started publicly criticizing Saluzhny months in the past. Some seen the statements by Zelensky's confidants David Arachamija or Marjana Besuhla as a marketing campaign to arrange Saluzhny's elimination. The MPs accused Saluzhny of not presenting a plan for 2024, and the latter overtly referred to as on him to resign.