Ex-Ukraine leader and former U.S. commander urge U.S. to hold firm as Kyiv fights “for global security”

Kyiv, Ukraine — From rocket techniques to anti-tank missiles, American weapons have been recreation altering in Ukraine’s struggle towards Russia’s invading forces. In latest weeks, the armaments have helped Ukrainian forces recapture important swaths of territory within the south and east of the nation.

Petro Poroshenko, who served as the President of Ukraine between 2014 and 2019, mentioned he appreciates the U.S. authorities’s assist for his nation —  however first and foremost, he informed CBS News that he wished to thank “the United States people.”

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Defeating Vladimir Putin’s invasion of his nation, Poroshenko mentioned, is about defending democracy throughout the free world.

“This is fighting not only for Ukraine, this is fighting for United States, this is fighting for the whole Western world,” the former leader informed us in Kyiv.

Ukraine’s former leader Petro Poroshenko addresses supporters after his arrival at an airport exterior Kyiv, January 17, 2022.


But final month, then-minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy advised Republicans may reassess army help to Ukraine in the event that they received management of Congress. McCarthy mentioned there ought to be “no blank check” for the U.S. accomplice, which years of struggle have made right into a buffer zone on democratic Europe’s japanese border with autocratic Russia.

Retired General Ben Hodges, who commanded the U.S. Army in Europe between 2014 and 2018, mentioned the Republican lawmakers’ remarks sound like, “a Kremlin-quality fairy tale — but nonetheless, that’s what’s coming from the Republican side.”

The former commander can also be important of progressive Democrats in Congress who wrote a letter urging President Biden to use diplomacy to someway finish the struggle, earlier than swiftly withdrawing it. Others within the U.S. have even argued that Ukraine ought to quit territory in return for peace.

Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commanding basic of the US Army in Europe is seen throughout a press convention after NATO Saber Strike army workout routines on June 16, 2017 in Orzysz, Poland.


We requested Hodges if he believed that might work — if Russia may very well be trusted.

“Absolutely not,” replied the long-time U.S. Army officer, including that he would ask these folks “which part of their country or their home state are they willing to give up if Russia said, ‘Hey, look, we just want a little bit of Florida, or let us have New England, and then we’ll promise not to use nuclear weapons.'”

Former President Donald Trump, who just lately introduced his bid to reclaim the White House in 2024, was impeached for abuse of energy in 2019 after blocking practically $400 million in army help to Ukraine and pressuring President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to examine discredited corruption allegations towards his rival, Joe Biden.

Now some Ukrainians worry they may as soon as once more be held hostage to U.S. politics.

Poroshenko mentioned he had a message for all of his associates within the United States, “both Democrat and Republican: It should be a competition between you” to see who does “more for Ukrainian resilience – for global security.”

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