Why are you worried about escalation? The escalation is the daily killing of Ukrainians - Zelenskyy to West

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview with Reuters agency in Kyiv on May 20, 2024
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview with Reuters agency in Kyiv on May 20, 2024

It is difficult for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to understand Western fears of escalating Russia's war in Ukraine when Ukrainian civilians are killed every day, he said in an interview with Reuters on May 20.

“Everyone says a word that sounds the same in all languages: everyone fears escalation," he said.

"Everyone is used to the fact that Ukrainians die - for people, this is not an escalation."

He would like to see more involvement from Ukraine's partners in the war, but worries that this is prevented by their fear of confrontation with Russia.

"It's a matter of will,” Zelenskyy said.

Zelenskyy expressed frustration with the time it takes Ukraine's allies to make decisions on providing military aid, naming the slow supply of air defenses to the country as a special burden.

Germany's initiative to strengthen air defense in Ukraine

Germany will immediately provide Ukraine with an additional Patriot air defense system to repel Russian airstrikes, the German Defense Ministry announced on April 13.

The German government launched a new initiative on April 17 to transfer air defense systems to Ukraine.

Germany called on its EU and NATO partners to strengthen Ukraine's air defense on April 18. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius and Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also appealed to other countries to support the initiative at the G7 foreign ministers meeting.

The G7 ministers agreed to bolster Ukrainian Air Defense at this meeting.

Six additional Patriot systems were secured for Ukraine from its NATO partners, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced.

Ukraine's allies agreed to back Germany's initiative to bolster Ukraine's air defense at the 20th online Ramstein (Ukraine Defense Contact Group) meeting on May 20.

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