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  • Writer's pictureAnton Kuchuhidze

International Press Review dated 8-19 April 2024

In recent weeks, the international media have been actively discussing the topic of support for Ukraine and Israel. Most experts tend to believe that support for Ukraine and Israel should be equal - the US should accept the aid package promised by President Biden, as Ukraine urgently needs military reinforcements.

In The Wall Street Journal, US President Joe Biden explained to the world why it is so important to support Ukraine and Israel with money and weapons. This is necessary to maintain stability around the world and to prevent the US military from having to fight.

Both Ukraine and Israel are under attack by enemies who want to destroy them. Putin wants to subjugate the people of Ukraine and absorb the Ukrainian nation into a new russian empire. The Iranian government wants to destroy Israel forever, wiping the world's only Jewish state off the map. America should never accept either outcome - its security is at stake.

If russia wins, putin's forces will come closer than ever to NATO allies. The United States must step up support for Ukraine now to stop putin from encroaching on NATO allies and ensure that he does not draw American troops into a possible war in Europe.

In Le Monde 's editorial, the author notes that Washington can no longer delay its support for Ukraine. After all, at this rate, the goal of Ukraine's victory, which Western countries claim to support, risks becoming an illusion. The head of the US Army's European Command noted that Ukraine cannot go it alone; russia continues to pose an existential threat. The russian army is now 15 per cent larger than at the beginning of the war, and it receives assistance from China, Iran and North Korea.

In an article from Bloomberg, the author argues that if the approach of the West, and the US in particular, does not change soon, Ukraine risks being first crushed and then swallowed up at a huge cost to Ukrainians, Europe, and the US. No one expects American and British pilots to take to the skies, but Ukraine's allies are now stripping it of its defenses.

In addition, according to Le Monde, last week French President Emmanuel Macron stressed the need to recognize the new geopolitical reality and accelerate the transition to a "war economy" in order to continue to support Ukraine and strengthen Europe's defense capabilities. As part of this, Mr. Macron announced that a new gunpowder and explosives plant in Bergerac is due to start operating in 2025. The company already has an order book until 2030. "This is necessary to survive, to supply weapons to Ukraine so that it can resist," Macron said.

Helping Ukraine withstand the russian aggressor is, above all, a chance for Europe to live in peace. Like most Western experts and politicians, I tend to believe that the reality we live in is a long-term one, and that massive rearmament and increased military spending are unavoidable. The world must recognize the new geopolitical reality.


Both Ukraine and Israel are under attack by brazen adversaries that seek their annihilation. Mr. Putin wants to subjugate the people of Ukraine and absorb their nation into a new Russian empire. The government of Iran wants to destroy Israel forever—wiping the world’s only Jewish state off the map.

America must never accept either outcome—not only because we stand up for our friends, but because our security is on the line, too.

If Russia triumphs, Mr. Putin’s forces will move closer than ever to our North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies. “An attack on one is an attack on all” means that if Mr. Putin invades a NATO ally, we will come to its aid—as our NATO allies did for us after the Sept. 11 attacks. We should surge support to Ukraine now, to stop Mr. Putin from encroaching on our NATO allies and ensure that he doesn’t draw U.S. troops into a future war in Europe.


British Foreign Minister David Cameron and his French counterpart, Stephane Sejourne, celebrated their countries' "close friendship" in a joint op-ed published late on Sunday.

They said it was key at a time when NATO is mobilised to ensure Ukraine does not lose its fight to repel the Russian invasion.

"Britain and France, two founding members and Europe's nuclear powers, have a responsibility in driving the alliance to deal with the challenges before it," the diplomats wrote in Britain's The Telegraph newspaper.

"We must do even more to ensure we defeat Russia. The world is watching – and will judge us if we fail."


At this rate, the goal of a Ukrainian victory, which Western countries claim to support, risks becoming an illusion. General Christopher Cavoli, head of the US Army's European Command, spoke the truth on Wednesday, April 10, before the House Armed Services Committee: Ukraine can't go it alone; Russia continues to pose an existential threat. The Russian aggressor has lost some 2,000 tanks and 315,000 men, killed or wounded, but is rebuilding its forces at an unexpected speed. The Russian army is now 15% larger than at the start of the war. And it's getting help from China, Iran and North Korea.

Ukraine urgently needs military reinforcements to avoid collapse. The Europeans are trying to pool their resources. But on the other side of the Atlantic, in Congress, Trump-supporting Republicans continue to dither over the procedural games likely to bring to a vote the $60 billion (€56.2 billion) aid package promised by the Biden administration and stalled for six months. Putting a quick end to these sordid games, which dishonor American democracy while playing into Moscow's hands, is vital for Ukraine.

The French president was visiting the Eurenco ammunition powder plant near Bordeaux on Thursday, where orders have soared since the start of the war in Ukraine. "We're on the verge of a lasting geopolitical shift (...) in which the defense industry will play an increasingly important role," said Macron, wearing a safety helmet, with the plant's expansion site behind him, which had been launched in record time. "We've got to go fast, we've got to go hard, we've got to go big," he added, shortly before a working lunch with the major heads of the French arms industry, including those from Dassault, Naval Group and Nexter, who had also been invited to the site.


It’s time to call ourselves out over Ukraine. Because if the approach of the West, and the US in particular, doesn’t change very soon, the country risks being first pulverized and then overrun at enormous cost — to Ukrainians, Europe and the US.

No contrast could be more stark, or frankly sickening, than the experiences this weekend of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, and Israel, as each came under fire from intense combined missile and Shahed drone attacks.

Nobody expected US and British pilots to take to the skies, but Ukraine’s allies are now starving it of the means to defend itself. As a result, Kharkiv, a city of 1.4 million, just 32 kilometers (22 miles) from the Russian border, was unable to deflect what’s emerging as a systematic air campaign to make it uninhabitable and ripe for conquest.


A Czech-led initiative to obtain ammunition for Ukraine may deliver a total of 1.5 million artillery shells within a year, which could help Kyiv overcome a worsening shortage of firepower, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said during a visit to the US.

The plan, in which the Czech Republic is acting as a mediator in procuring the shells from outside the European Union, has already secured 500,000 rounds, according to the text of Fiala’s speech posted on the government’s website on Tuesday. About twenty countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, and Poland, have joined the initiative, he said.

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