The Ukrainian offensive against Russia has now definitely failed. That has deepened the crisis of the Volodymyr Zelensky government and its US-Nato backers who arm and direct the proxy war with Russian imperialism.
Five months of bloody fighting saw Ukrainian forces advance only 17 kilometres.
Commander in Chief of the Ukrainian forces, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, said the current situation is a “dead end” and similar to trench warfare during the First World War.
The British claim that Ukraine has killed 300,000 or more Russians since the invasion in February 2022.
And Zelensky’s former political adviser Alexey Arestovich revealed recently that between 200,000 and 300,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed.
Zelesnky is increasingly unpopular. Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kiev, said at the beginning of December that Zelensky is losing support and is increasingly autocratic.
Internal Ukrainian polling said Zelensky’s support ratings have slumped to 32 percent. Zelensky is demanding more weaponry and cash.
One of his generals told the US that Ukraine needs £300 billion and 17 million artillery shells to win—more shells than exist in the whole world. But some in the West are growing weary of their ally.
Yet more US funding for Ukraine was blocked in the Congress in December. The US openly criticises the Ukrainian military’s timing and tactics of its offensive.
As the war grinds on, the anti-war movement needs to be stronger, both east and west. Russian troops out of Ukraine, no to Nato escalation and expansion, no more arms to Ukraine.