Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has a series of foreign trips, which also took him to the G7 summit in Japan. According to Scottish analyst Phillips O’Brien, the fact that he was able to participate in so many negotiations in the West sends a clear signal. “If Western politicians didn’t think that Ukraine would come out of the war in good shape, they wouldn’t have invited him to all these places,” he points out in the interview.
“Nobody wants to be around a leader they think is going to be defeated and a country that is going to collapse,” says analyst Phillips O’Brien. | Video: Associated Press, Reuters
Last week, in Hiroshima, Japan, Zelensky presented the Ukrainian peace plan to the leaders of the G7 group and other countries, including India and Brazil. He told world politicians that the world needs “democratic leadership” to face security threats. Before that, he also attended the summit of the League of Arab States in Saudi Arabia, he met with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron.
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According to O’Brien, who is a professor of strategic studies at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland, such negotiations are also a sign that Western politicians believe that the situation in Ukraine is now under control. “Nobody wants to be around a leader that they think is going to be defeated and a country that’s going to collapse. So the reality is that people have basically decided that Ukraine will come out of this war as a basically intact, strong country, ” says O’Brien in an interview with the Associated Press agency.
According to him, with his visits, the Ukrainian head of state sends an important signal both to his homeland and to the world. “If Zelenskyi can say: ‘I will go. I can leave my capital knowing that the state is safe and the army will protect the country,’ then this is an extraordinary show of confidence that he is doing,” the analyst says. “And that, I think, will help confirm in people’s minds that Ukraine will come out of this war in good shape,” O’Brien says, adding that he considers the upcoming Ukrainian counter-offensive to be by far the most important military operation this year.
Apparently, also in connection with it, Russia has significantly intensified its missile and drone attacks on Ukraine in recent weeks, Reuters reminds. On Tuesday, Russian forces shelled targets in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, and the attacks claimed the lives of two civilians. Kherson alone faced a total of eleven waves of shelling. Ukrainian air defense destroyed a Russian helicopter and four Iranian-made attack drones on Tuesday and Wednesday night, according to the General Staff.
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