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Ukraine might quickly be pressured to retreat “ step by step” if US army assist continues to stay stalled, Volodymyr Zelensky informed the Washington Post, as he urged the West to offer long-range missiles.

“If there is no U.S. support, it means that we have no air defense…It means we will go back, retreat, step by step, in small steps,” he mentioned.

The Ukrainian president added that delays in assist have allowed Moscow to get on the entrance foot. “If you are not taking steps forward to prepare another counteroffensive, Russia will take them,” he mentioned. “That’s what we learned in this war: If you don’t do it, Russia will do it.

“We are trying to find some way not to retreat,” he mentioned, including that after the autumn of Avdiivka, “we have stabilized the situation because of smart steps by our military.”

Mr Zelensky mentioned “the answer” is ATACMS – long-range tactical missile techniques, of which the US delivered a small quantity final 12 months, with a restricted vary of 165km. Newer variations of ATACMS have a most vary of round 300km and have thus far not been supplied to Ukraine.

“When Russia knows we can destroy these jets, they will not attack from Crimea,” Zelensky mentioned.