(Daily360.com) – The war between Ukraine and Russia appears to be losing support among Western nations that have been funding Ukraine since the fighting began. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been on a tour of the Baltic States trying to drum up enthusiasm and funds. He is expressing his gratitude for past support while alerting the countries that the job is not done and should Ukraine lose, their nations could be in danger next.
The threats being made about possible Russian advancement past Ukraine seem not to be generating the hoped-for effect among other nations’ populations. Recent polling shows people’s support of Ukraine is on a steady decline. The largest giver of money and supplies, the United States, has been unable to send the $61 billion they recently promised due to Republicans in the House holding it up. Among Republican voters the Ukraine war is extremely unpopular especially as the U.S. economy struggles with inflation and a weakening dollar.
Leaders like Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda has declared that no one should say they are tired of this war. He described Russia as brutal and blood thirsty. Zelensky, who will tour three more nations before returning home, said that Russia is now in a stage of “full-scale aggression.” Josep Borrell Fontelles, the European Union’s top diplomat, echoed Zelensky’s sentiments and urged the EU to “act faster and more decisively” in getting Zelensky more money and aid.
Other leaders are less enthusiastic, Italy’s prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, was caught on tape saying there is “a lot of fatigue” among people about the Ukraine war. Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, recently blocked the EU’s effort to send $52 billion in aid to Ukrainian.
Nations that surround Ukraine and Russia feel Zelensky is near defeat and that may embolden Putin to try and reclaim other former USSR nations. The issue may be more complex than simply sending money and aid because leaders have noted that dwindling Ukrainian forces also need training to go along with additional firepower. They say without training and a multitude of new weapons the Ukrainians cannot reach their goal of killing or wounding 50,000 Russian troops every six months. Another serious issue is that the amount of ammunition and weapons needed to achieve this goal is beyond what the U.S. and the EU would be able to supply.
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