OWithout the support of the United States, Ukraine would not have been able to withstand the Russian attack. It would certainly not have been possible to liberate large parts of the areas initially occupied by Russia without American arms deliveries.
Although the contribution of European NATO members to the defense of Ukraine is significant, the decisive factor in the fact that the fighting spirit and creativity of the Ukrainians also led to successes against the aggressor was the help from the USA. This applies not only in the material sense, but also in the political sense. Had Washington not taken the lead, arms shipments from Europe might have been less. This is especially true for Germany, which had to be pushed to deliver more than just helmets and ambulances.
Biden the right man in the right place
While American President Joe Biden may be showing his age in some appearances, and some of his statements may be poorly thought out, he has proven to be the right man in the right place in the face of the brutal challenge posed to the democratic world by the regime in Moscow . It is therefore logical that the Ukrainian president’s first trip abroad since the start of the large-scale Russian war of aggression is now to Washington.
The fact that Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s trip to America was rated negatively in the Kremlin before the Ukrainian president got there shows that it is sending the right political signal to Moscow. The Russian leadership hopes that the west will start to tire of Ukraine. Pictures of Zelenskyy in Washington and America’s pledge to supply Patriot missiles demonstrate the opposite. At the same time, they are a reassurance for the East-Central European NATO states, which themselves feel threatened by Russia. And they should be an impulse for Berlin to help Ukraine even more.