Zelensky says Russia could ramp up attacks against Ukraine

"Today we have about 25% of what we need to defend Ukraine," Zelensky said.

Published: May 18, 2024 2:25pm

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia may increase attacks in the northeast part of Ukraine after its gains near Kharkiv.

"Today we have about 25% of what we need to defend Ukraine," Zelensky said, according to the BBC. 

"So that Russia does not have air superiority, our fleet should have 120 to 130 modern aircraft," he added. 

Last month, President Joe Biden signed a $95 billion emergency foreign aid package to send support to Israel and Ukraine amid ongoing conflicts in both nations.

The bill contained $61 billion for Ukraine and other regional partners.

Zelensky told the AFP news agency that there is also a shortage of soldiers on the frontlines. 

"There are a serious number of brigades, existing brigades, which, a large number of them, are empty. We need to do this so that the guys have a normal rotation. Then their morale will be improved," he told the outlet. 

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