Ukrainian soldiers are paying with their lives for the delays and expectations of Western weapons deliveries. This was stated by Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his evening video address today, when he spoke about the awarding of 127 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 68 of them posthumously.
Despite the fact that Ukraine is absolutely dependent on the West for arms supplies and finances, Ukrainians are paying the highest possible price for defending democracy, civilization, and specifically Europe from the Russian horde. In this way, the president is trying to put pressure on Western elites:
"Every time we hear that the promised supply of weapons is delayed, every time there are doubts about the type of weapons for Ukraine, about the range or other quality characteristics, it means that Ukrainian soldiers are giving their lives to have this time..."
Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that the North Atlantic Alliance has strengthened its own combat capabilities from the concept of "deterrence by retaliation" to "deterrence by prevention."
It is difficult to judge whether NATO is really capable of preventing a Russian invasion of the Baltic States and Poland, but the movement in this direction is underway. Before the large-scale invasion, these NATO members could only count on retaliatory strikes from their allies, and very belatedly, when their entire territory would have already been occupied.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 18/04/2023