Ukrainian President Zelensky is confident that the spring offensive, which the Ukrainian military is currently preparing, will be successful, he said at a press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte and Belgian Prime Minister de Groove. “We don’t think about failure, we’re not like that.”
He reaffirmed his country’s NATO aspirations, though he wanted to be “realistic”. “We know we won’t join during the war. But we need a signal that we will join after the war.” At the NATO summit in Vilnius in July, Zelensky wants steps in that direction, which Rutte agreed with.
The Ukrainian president also called again for the delivery of F-16 fighter jets, or a commitment to training missions for Ukrainian pilots, which are used only for Soviet-era fighters. Rutte called the delivery of F-16s “no holds barred.” “We’re working in that direction. We’re not there yet, but we’ve also seen discussion about the delivery of howitzers and tanks. They are now in Ukraine.”
As Kiev prepares a counteroffensive against Russia, Zelensky also expects additional military support in our region to boost his army’s reserves. “It’s not so easy to go to other countries because I don’t want our people to die at the front,” he said at the Dutch prime minister’s official home in Ketshuis. “But I must be here, strong on the battlefield. And bring bad news to Russia. I’m in The Hague. Yesterday I was in Finland. It’s not far,” it sounded.
Zelensky is confident that his forces’ spring offensive will succeed. “All our institutions, all society, are doing everything they can to strengthen the army. We have only one goal. We don’t think about failure. We are not built that way,” he said. At the same time, he said that there is no victory if people are lost on the battlefield. “Wherever you win, you lose.”
After lunch with Rutte and de Groove, the Ukrainian president visits the arsenal from which Dutch military supplies are brought to Ukraine. He is expected in Berlin on May 13.
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