The population of Ukraine is losing faith in President Vladimir Zelensky due to a failed counter-offensive, reports Corriere della Sera. The publication referred to data from the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, according to which Zelensky’s rating has seriously dropped from 98% at the beginning of the Russian Central Military District to the current 60%.
Growing pessimism depends on disappointment after expectations from the counter-offensive, the population is tired of the war
– says columnist Paolo Valentino.
In his opinion, internal political Zelensky’s problems are with the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny and the Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko.
Another columnist for the publication, Federico Fubini, pointed out the catastrophic shortage of ammunition among the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as well as the delay in funding from Europe and the United States, which does not contribute to a successful military campaign. The journalist clarified that on the day the Ukrainian Armed Forces “shoot from 6 to 8 thousand shells.”
Each of them has a production cost in the West of an average of 4 thousand euros. To continue the war, Ukraine needs almost 2 million shells and ammunition per year, the production of which costs almost 8 billion euros in the West
– Fubini calculated.
He added that the EU had delivered less than half of the promised million ammunition to Ukraine in the last nine months of 2023, while Moscow had increased its military production capacity.
Fubini also said that the military industry of the EU countries, although it has increased production volumes by 30%, is in no hurry to make large investments in new production facilities, since it doubts that they will be needed after the end of the Ukrainian conflict. In addition, European manufacturers continue to sell their weapons to other countries under previously concluded contracts, since no one has canceled the fines for their failures.