Conflict in real time
New York Times: Allies at maximum artillery effort
The United States and NATO allies are beginning to have difficulty maintaining the pace of military aid to Ukraine, where a “day of war is worth thirty of that in Afghanistan”. The indication comes from an article in the New York Times which analyzes Kiev’s requests and what the allies can guarantee. And after nine months of conflict, efforts are considered to be nearly at their limit. The analysis would appear to be a signal to Ukraine itself, just as President Volodmyr Zelensky has called on the allies for another effort. The amount of artillery that has been used up to now, according to NATO sources quoted by the New York newspaper, is substantial: while the forces of the Atlantic Pact in Afghanistan have fired an average of three hundred shots, and they didn’t have to worry about air defense, in Ukraine there are thousands per day and in addition, the air attacks by Russian missiles and Iranian-made drones must be considered. “One day in Ukraine – comments Camille Grand, defense expert at the European Council think tank and former NATO assistant on defense investments – is equivalent to a month or more in Afghanistan”.
Metsola: We will negotiate when Kiev decides
“We will negotiate with Russia when Ukraine decides it can be negotiated. We cannot decide on theirsterritory. They are the ones who suffer the bombings every day “. This was declared by the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, in her speech on Che tempo che fa on Rai3.
Zelensky: Russia prepares new attacks, ready to defend
“Together and helping each other we will also overcome this challenge of war: this winter, this attempt by Russia to use the cold against people. We are doing and will do everything we can to strengthen our defense.” This was stated in a video by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “We understand – he says – that the terrorists are preparing new attacks and as long as they have missiles they will not stop. But our ability to help each other and take care of the most vulnerable – the elderly, families with children, those who have lost their homes and relatives in the war – our mutual aid is one of the elements of protection from terror and our strength”. “Next week – warns Zelensky – can be as tough as the one that just passed. Our defense forces are preparing. The whole state is preparing. We are working out all the scenarios, even with partners”. The president calls for “pay attention to air alerts” and “not to leave without help those who can be helped”. “Together – is the conclusion – we will bear everything”.