Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently defended former President Donald Trump for not fully supporting Ukraine in the war.
In an interview with Italian media outlet Corriere della Sera, Zelensky noted that the invasion did not take place under Trump’s tenure, making it impossible to know how he would react.
“Biden is helping us more than the previous administration. However, I can’t blame Trump because there hasn’t been a full-scale invasion during his presidency, so I don’t know how he would have reacted,” Zelenskyy said in the interview.
“Regarding US support to Ukraine, we have bilateral support so far and it is ongoing. We have the full support of the US Congress. However, when the political atmosphere strains, this may change. We will see.”
Trump has commented on the war several times in the past. In February, Trump described Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine as “ingenious” and “clever”.
“I walked in yesterday and there was a TV screen and I said, ‘This is awesome.’ “Putin is declaring a big part of Ukraine — Ukraine — Putin is declaring it independent. Oh, that’s wonderful,” Trump said on The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.
On 2nd March, Trump changed his tone and condemned the invasion, calling it “a holocaust” and urging Moscow to “stop killing these people” during an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo. Trump added that both parties could work out a deal to end the conflict.
A few days later, Trump appeared in an interview on Fox News’ Hannity, where he doubled down on his criticism of the invasion and blamed Putin’s “very large ego” for the war.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is now in its ninth month. In recent months, Ukrainian forces have successfully recaptured and liberated several settlements in occupied Russian territories.
As of Thursday, Ukrainian forces withstood repeated attacks in two eastern cities, namely Avdiivka and Bakhmut, Zelenskyy said in an evening video address. He added that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing to fight for the strategic Kherson region.
In addition to retaking territory, Ukraine has also continuously inflicted military casualties on Russia. According to estimates by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, at least 69,220 Russian soldiers have been killed in action.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/zelensky-defends-trump-over-doubts-about-his-support-ukraine-i-cannot-blame-him-1840349?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Zelensky defends Trump over doubts about his support for Ukraine: ‘I can’t blame him’