Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, declared on Monday that he was “confident” Russia would lose the conflict in Ukraine. In a speech delivered in front of the Danish parliament, Zelensky declared, “Today we are confident that Russia will lose this war. I’m sure that we will win because the truth is on our side.”
The audience applauded and waved Ukrainian flags. In support of Kyiv’s arduous counteroffensive against Russian soldiers in the east, Zelensky made his statements the day after Denmark and the Netherlands declared they would donate American F-16 jets.
The Ukrainian leader said, “The most important thing is what we prove with our victory and our cooperation. Together we prove that life has value, that people matter, that freedom matters, and that Europe matters.”
It will be a victory shared by truth, democracy, our people, and our countries. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on Sunday that her nation would ship 19 F-16s, with six arriving by the end of this year, eight arriving in 2019, and five arriving in 2025.
On Monday, Russia issued a warning, claiming that the delivery of the cutting-edge jets amounted to an “escalation of the conflict”. “Denmark attempts with its behavior and words to leave Ukraine with no choice but to continue the armed confrontation with Russia,” the Russian ambassador to Denmark, Vladimir Barbin, said in a statement to AFP. “By hiding behind the premise that Ukraine itself must define the conditions for peace,
A position like that “pushes Ukraine into the depths and condemns its people to become new victims.” Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, declared in July that Moscow would view the F-16s as a “nuclear” danger due to their ability to transport atomic weapons.