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Guerrilla warfare: Ukrainian officer Hetman on challenges if Western assistance is not forthcoming

17 December, 2023 Sunday
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Oleksiy Hetman, reserve major with the National Guard and a veteran of the Russian-Ukrainian war, examines the risks Ukraine faces in the absence of essential support from its allies

He shared his perspective with Espreso.

Discussing concerns that Ukraine might struggle in the war without assistance from the US and NATO, Hetman stated, "The aid we've received, and what we expect before a decision on additional aid, should sustain us roughly until April, or at the latest, May of next year. We're talking about a few months."

Hetman emphasizes the challenge Ukraine would face without significant support in terms of ammunition and defense equipment.

"If there's a renewed powerful offensive by the Russians in the winter, as unplanned, similar to the initial full-scale attack, our response may be resilient. In the worst-case scenario? A guerrilla war—what else can be done," explained the Russian-Ukrainian war veteran.

Details on the US Congress vote for more aid to Ukraine

On December 4, the White House announced that it urgently needed Congress to decide on additional funding by year-end to continue supporting Ukraine in its struggle against Russia.

Following this, Congress presented an ultimatum to President Joe Biden regarding aid for Ukraine. House Speaker Mike Johnson warned that support for Kyiv's funding could be withdrawn unless the White House agrees to enhance border security.

President Biden addressed Congress on December 6, urging them to safeguard freedom and prevent Russia from seizing Ukraine. However, a Senate vote on a $106 billion emergency aid bill for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan failed to proceed.

On December 8, it was revealed that the US administration is considering adding measures to address southern migration to the draft law for assistance to Ukraine and Israel. This move aims to secure Republican votes in Congress.

By December 15, the White House emphasized Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent statements about Ukraine and urged Congress not to delay approving new aid for Ukraine.

Additionally, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced the postponement of the Christmas recess, originally set to begin next week.
 

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