Zelensky called for stronger measures against “accomplices of terrorism” who help Russia in the war

Archive image. Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky during a press conference in kyiv (REUTERS/Thomas Peter) (THOMAS PETER/)

The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyhas demanded this Tuesday from its partners greater forcefulness against the countries that make up that “small list of accomplices of terrorism” who are helping Russia get around sanctions.

“Global sanctions work and work quite well,” Zelensky highlighted in a message reported by Ukrainian news agencies, in which he also assured that they have indications that the Russian defense is beginning to encounter difficulties in repelling the attacks.

“Are needed new global measures against those who continue to help Russia”, since the full effectiveness of these sanctions requires stopping any alternative that Russia may propose to circumvent them.

In that sense, he has called for stronger measures against those who have helped Russia circumvent the sanctions. “Everyone knows this short list of accomplices to terrorism. We will also talk about this with our partners,” said the Ukrainian president.

The progress of the war

Ukraine prepares for active battlefield defense in 2024 as it aims to minimize Russian advance and further undermine enemy presence in Crimeawhile expecting greater assistance from its allies and trying to increase its own ability to fight a protracted war efficiently.

Just like a year ago, Moscow is launching thousands and thousands of troops into the assault with the aim of taking a medium-sized city in the eastern region of Donetsk, only this time it is Avdiivka rather Bakhmut.

But whereas a year ago Ukraine was amassing weapons and troops for a counteroffensive that it hoped would be a turning point, expectations right now are different.

Russia tries to dent Ukrainian morale with daily bombings (EFE/EPA/Oleg Petrasyuk)
Russia tries to dent Ukrainian morale with daily bombings (EFE/EPA/Oleg Petrasyuk) (Oleg Petrasyuk/)

“This year the objective is going to be to defend ourselves and exhaust the enemy,” summarizes the military analyst Oleksandr Kovalenko for EFE.

Although Russia has not recently made major additions to the 18% of Ukrainian territory under its control, the war has not stagnated.

Although it is unlikely that Russia will be able to break through to the front line at this time, the Ukrainians are fighting at the limit of their capabilities, he warns.

Ukrainian forces are acutely feeling insufficient military aid from allies, which limits their ability to inflict greater losses on the Russians, he stresses. Kovalenko.

Despite the shortage of ammunition, they manage to successfully carry out some local counterattacks, including in the vicinity of Avdivka and on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River, in the Kherson region.

Ukraine also continues to attack Russian forces in Crimea and put at risk the bridge that connects the annexed peninsula with Russian territory, whose isolation could constitute a blow to the president’s reputation. Vladimir Putin and for the supply of Russian forces in Ukraine.

However, defense remains a priority.

(With information from EFE and EP)