Czech President Petr Pavel said in an interview that small European countries are “morally and financially exhausted” by the Ukraine war effort.
Ukraine’s Western backers have of late expressed more and more skepticism over the future success of the war effort against Russia. This doubt grew louder and more public starting two weeks ago, when Czech President Petr Pavel said in an interview with Polish media that the window is closing on a major new Ukrainian counteroffensive. He then acknowledged that his country may not be able to maintain current levels of assistance to Kiev.
“The window of opportunity is open this year. After next winter, it will be extremely difficult to maintain the current level of assistance,” Pavel was quoted as saying. “War fatigue is not only the exhaustion of human resources and equipment, the destruction of infrastructure in Ukraine, but also fatigue in the countries that provide aid.”
This week another small central European country has echoed the same. Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová said at a foreign policy event that Slovakia is “morally and financially exhausted” after more than a year of support given to Ukraine, and as war refugees pour in.
She also observed that the influx of Ukrainian war refugees into her country threatens to harm the economy and her own citizens’ standard of living. Stressing there are limits to Slovakia’s support for Ukraine, she suggested the populace may now see that limit as having been reached or surpassed, and this is leaving the country vulnerable.
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