As the conflict in Ukraine drags on, Western countries are feeling the financial strain of supporting this seemingly endless conflict without a clear push for peace talks or resolution. It’s become a costly, prolonged confrontation that benefits the wealthy elites who thrive on war. Perhaps no one is more eager to see this war drag on than Zelensky himself. With the support he’s receiving from the U.S. and its allies, he’s probably living high on the hog. It’s hard to gauge since there’s zero transparency regarding the billions being shoveled over. However, when you watch the loads of video clips showcasing Ukrainian cities, you can’t help but notice how vibrant and safe their nightlife appears. It often seems more appealing than what you might find in many American cities.
New Video Shows Nightlife in Kyiv, Ukraine During The War pic.twitter.com/UpbQI6s5OZ
— Matt Wallace (@MattWallace888) August 18, 2023
Zelensky recently participated in an interview with The Economist where he prepared the world for the prospect of a “prolonged” war ahead.
Volodymyr Zelensky does not want to think about a long war, let alone talk about the possibility to Ukrainians, many of whom still dream of winning fast. But that is precisely what he is preparing for. “I have to be ready, my team has to be ready for the long war, and emotionally I am ready,” Ukraine’s president says in an interview with The Economist. Speaking on the margins of the yes conference, an international pow-wow in Kyiv, he is calm, composed and sombre. At the same setting a year ago, the mood was electric and euphoric; news of Ukrainian forces’ success in pushing Russia back from the Kharkiv region was pinging on every smartphone in the room.
Of course, it will be a lengthy process. No one is calling for peace talks. However, Zelensky is leaving nothing to chance and is sending a bone-chilling message to any nation considering withdrawing support for Ukraine: abandoning Ukraine could trigger the anger of the refugees Europe has welcomed, leading to attacks. Huh? Isn’t that a terror threat?
Zelensky is now threatening that Ukrainian refugees will attack Europe if it doesn’t keep the gravy train running. pic.twitter.com/zKdPCiG3Gb
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) September 12, 2023
This passage comes straight out of the same Economist article:
Curtailing aid to Ukraine will only prolong the war, Mr Zelensky argues. And it would create risks for the West in its own backyard. There is no way of predicting how the millions of Ukrainian refugees in European countries would react to their country being abandoned. Ukrainians have generally “behaved well” and are “very grateful” to those who sheltered them. They will not forget that generosity. But it would not be a “good story” for Europe if it were to “drive these people into a corner”.
Zelensky should exercise caution because while the U.S. and its allies have a penchant for money laundering, they don’t take kindly to threats. They could quickly replace Zelensky, without much warning, like they’ve done many times in the past.