US Secretary of State Antony Blinken instructed his European counterparts to cease discussions with Ukraine regarding NATO, according to Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksiy Goncharenko. Citing “inside sources” on his Telegram channel, Goncharenko said that such discussions “annoy the US elite.”

Goncharenko, a 43-year-old lawmaker from Odesa, who belongs to former President Petro Poroshenko’s European Solidarity party, appeared to be shedding light on the true state of relations between Kyiv and its allies, perhaps in an attempt to forestall any misguided optimism.

“In Washington, several sources confirmed to me that Blinken told Europeans to stop talking to Ukraine about NATO. There will be no NATO. The topic of NATO annoys the US elite, and they clearly sent a signal that Ukraine will not become a member of the alliance immediately after the war,” Goncharenko said.

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In a subsequent post, Goncharenko pointed out the Pentagon’s disapproval of the ongoing discord between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Gen. Valery Zaluzhny, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, expressing significant apprehension about the situation.

Moreover, the lawmaker anticipated that the next aid package might be the last one given without any obligation to repay.

“This will most likely be the last monetary tranche of assistance to Ukraine. In a year, at the end of 2024, we will not be given any more money,” Goncharenko wrote.

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“Most likely, we will switch to a credit form of cooperation. They’ll give a loan. Not a grant that won’t need to be repaid,” he added.

Goncharenko stressed that “Biden is not a man of decisive action,” so no breakthrough in the United States regarding Ukraine is to be expected.

“I’m writing pessimistic things for some. I understand. This is not a betrayal – this is reality. Unfortunately, we’ve been living in an imaginary world for a long time.

“No point falling to the ground and tearing our clothes [in grief].”

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Goncharenko tried to put the current situation into perspective.

“The war will last a long time. We’ve already won. We’ve held the country together. We’ve held off the second strongest army in the world. What’s next? Keep our spirit and stand firm.”

Ukraine has been desperately pushing for more Western aid as Russian forces step up attacks in the winter after Kyiv’s summer counteroffensive culminated.

But Congress has been paralyzed for months by Republican infighting, with pro-Trump lawmakers in particular opposing any further assistance for Kyiv as the war grinds into its third year.

European countries are also facing challenges in securing funding for Ukraine as fatigue with the war sets in.

Fears are growing in Washington that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be content to sit out the situation until next year’s US presidential election, a probable replay of 2020’s contest between Biden and former President Donald Trump.

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Gavan Duffy
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Ukraine must be aware that the US is about to cease its assistance to the Ukranian war effort. The US is reasoning that Russia with one hundred and forty million people and a large military industrial complex can not be defeated by Ukraine with less than forty five million people. The US is simply not prepared to go the distance. If Ukraine is to be assisted, it will be the European nations that provide the assistance ,not the US. Allies of the US beware.

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Edlund
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Стаття 5 НАТО говорить, що НАТО має ввести війська для боротьби з Путіним, якщо Україна стане членом прямо зараз. Усе НАТО хоче цього запобігти. Це не нове. Сталін сказав Кім Ір Сену, що він може вторгнутися до Південної Кореї в 1950 році, але будь-які війська повинні надійти від Мао. І Росія, і США уникали прямого конфлікту у В'єтнамі та Афганістані у 1980-х роках. США закупили російську зброю для афганців, щоб не було прямого зв’язку зі США. Усе це тому, що Росія та США мають ядерну зброю. Німеччина відмовляється від зброї для України, тоді як Велика Британія та Франція більш щедрі, тому що, каже Шольц, Великобританія та Франція мають ядерну зброю, а Німеччина – ні. Але ми, американці, могли б надати більше зброї швидше, оскільки Путін нічого не зробив щодо приєднання Фінляндії та Швеції до НАТО, незважаючи на його нібито страх перед Україною в НАТО. Підтримка в Конгресі набагато потужніша, ніж нам каже Гончаренко. Законопроект про допомогу буде прийнято. Сенатор Шумер каже, що вони проголосують за це цього тижня. Згідно з повідомленнями, республіканці в Палаті представників готові проголосувати за це. НАТО активно розробляє безпекові угоди з Україною, які продовжуватимуть надавати зброю, поки Україна розробляє заявку на НАТО та її переглядають. Українці повинні зрозуміти, що вони не самотні в цьому. Мені, як американцю, дуже шкода, що Україна довелася протистояти Путіну лише своїми військами. Але це не триватиме вічно. Нехай Бог вас усіх благословить. Слава Україні.

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Edlund
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Article 5 of NATO says NATO must put in troops to fight Putin if Ukraine becomes a member right now. All of NATO wants to prevent that. This isn't new. Stalin told Kim Il Sung that he could invade S. Korea in 1950 but any troops would have to come from Mao. Both Russia and the US avoided direct conflict in Vietnam and in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The US bought Russian weapons for the Afghanis so there'd be no direct link with the US. All of this because Russia and the US have nukes. Germany pulls back on weapons for Ukraine, while the UK and France are more generous, because, Scholz says, the UK and France have nukes and Germany doesn't. But we Americans could give more weapons more promptly since Putin has done nothing about Finland and Sweden joining NATO, despite his supposed fear of Ukraine in NATO. Support in Congress is more robust than Goncharenko gives us credit for. The aid bill is going to pass. Senator Schumer says they'll vote on it this week. Reports say Republicans in the House are coming around to a clean vote on it. NATO is actively working out security agreements with Ukraine that will continue to provide weapons while Ukraine develops a NATO application and it is reviewed. Ukrainians must understand that they're not alone in this. As an American, I am so sorry for Ukraine's plight in facing off Putin with only its own troops. But this will not last forever. God bless you all. Slava Ukrainii.

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roshan
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Is this news??? I am sorry but the delusional thinking among politicians in Ukraine is almost at retardation levels. They will never add Ukraine to NATO!! they have been telling you this since a very long time ,even long before the full scale invasion. It is you who don;t want to listen and continue this rather pathetic situation. You are acting like the pathetic loser who just keeps coming back after a hundred rejections.

Doc Miller
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@roshan, Go away, troll.

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Joseph Swanson
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@roshan,
Tell me titushky, now that your paymaster Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin is gone, who is running "Patriot" over at 55 Savushkina Street in St. Petersburg?

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