WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of the Midterm elections that strengthened Republicans in the House, immediately House Democrats lashed out at the hot topic of the moment: aid to Ukraine.
So led by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, they said they would work to “force a vote in the House on a resolution that would ask the Biden administration to provide all documents related to military assistance the United States has provided to Ukraine to date.”
The proposal would not have come from the Republican Party leadership, which in any case would have been notified before the conference. “Has Ukraine by any chance become the 51st U.S. state? And what would be the position of President Volodymyr Zelensky within our government,” Greene said.
Pressures in which they trust from Moscow: the U.S. Congress will in the long run “suspend unreserved support for the nationalist regime of Ukraine,” because “America has always abandoned its friends.” This was said by former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Attitudes among ordinary American citizens “will begin to turn toward reality,” Medvedev added, and this “will continue to grow until Congress suspends” precisely its support for Kiev. Certainly Zelensky, after the blunder he made with the missile in Poland, about which he later recanted, does not have many alternatives. In the event, then, that U.S. support fails him, things could get really bad for Kiev.
Thus Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in a briefing with reporters that the war could end before Ukraine liberates all territories by military means. Podolyak thus commented on U.S. Chief of Staff Mark Milley’s statement that the probability of military liberation of all Russian-occupied territories, including Crimea, is very low.
According to the presidential adviser, “the war can end even before liberating all occupied territories by military means. Because if a large city is liberated, Russia will have lost the war,” Podolyak said. Also raising the need for negotiations between Moscow and Kiev is Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and stressed that the prolongation of the special operation in Ukraine carries many risks. But Russia still fears losing Crimea, which would be part of plans to retake Ukraine.
So it has put in place “fortification” works. “The measures taken today by the Russian armed forces and law enforcement agencies on the instructions of the president are sufficient to make citizens feel safe,” Aksyonov added, stressing at the same time that security measures should be applied “first and foremost in the Kherson region.” A yellow alert has been in effect in Crimea since April due to the danger of terrorist attacks.
Meanwhile, Zelensky pointed out that due to a new Russian attack targeting multiple power installations and other civilian buildings 10 million Ukrainians are without electricity. “We are doing everything to normalize the electricity supply,” Zelensky said. “Ukrainian air defense managed to shoot down six cruise missiles and five drones,” he added. Those suffering from power outages are mainly in the capital, Kiev, the western city of Vinnytsia, the port city of Odessa in the southwest, and Sumy in the northeast.