"We are with you as long as it takes" means nothing": Hodges criticizes the West for weak support for Ukraine

Hodges criticizes the West for insufficient assistance to Ukraine

Western countries provide Ukraine with insufficient support to win the war. First of all, it is necessary for US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to declare that they want our country to win and to develop an appropriate political plan.

This was stated by retired U.S. Lieutenant General Ben Hodges in a commentary to Channel 24. He also reminded that Ukraine has a strong need for air and missile defense.

"These statements that 'we are with you for as long as it takes' mean nothing to me," Hodges emphasized.

He also noted that the Defense Forces need the capability to launch long-range precision strikes that could destroy Russian logistics, artillery, and headquarters.

The lieutenant general also expressed disappointment with Biden's position on the ban on the Ukrainian Armed Forces striking Russian territory with Western weapons.

"I think it's a terrible policy, and of course Ukraine should ignore it and strike targets where they are needed," Hodges said, emphasizing that otherwise it is unclear how Ukraine is supposed to win.

He urged to stop being afraid of the Kremlin's nuclear threats. According to Hodges, the Russian authorities are not ready for a nuclear strike, because even Russia itself is not benefiting from it.

"Russia's only benefit from nuclear weapons is the threat that it could use them. It sees how we hesitate and restrain ourselves because of this. Of course, I may be wrong. The Russians clearly don't care how many innocent people they kill, including their own," Hodges said.

As reported by OBOZ.UA:

- Hodges also believes that before sending their troops to Ukraine, Western countries should determine the strategic goal of this step. The strategic goal should be to help Ukraine defeat Russia, which means, first of all, destroying Russian logistics and headquarters.

- British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps is confident that the Ukrainian Defense Forces will be able to repel a new offensive by Russian occupation forces in the Kharkiv region. In his opinion, the next few weeks will be difficult, but the Russians will not succeed.

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