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5 February 2024

EU’s aid for Ukraine and Zelensky’s intention to change military leadership - Mariia Zolkina in her interview for BBC

In her interview for BBC Mariia Zolkina Head of Regional Security and Conflictology Programmes at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Research Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science, unpacks details of the  latest Ukraine-related developments:

- why 50 billions aid for Ukraine is not just financially important, but signals that EU support will acquire ever  greater importance in the times, when US role as a leader is (temporarily) weaker;

- it was politically comfortable for many EU member states to support Ukraine, but stay behind US playing role of undoubtful leader of the coalition. Now there is no choice for Germany, France, Italy and many other MS to be more active;

- all domestic and international  consequences of President Zelensky idea to dismiss General  Valeriy Zaluzhny, Chief Commander  of the Armed Forces of Ukraine