“EThis aid will strengthen Ukraine and send a strong signal to the Kremlin that this is not a second Afghanistan”, a country devastated by decades of conflict, Zelensky said in an interview with the program “Meet the press”.

“The United States will stand by Ukraine, it will protect Ukrainians and democracy in the world,” he added.

After long and difficult negotiations, the House of Representatives approved on Saturday an aid package for Ukraine, worth 61 billion dollars (57 billion euros), which received support from Republican and Democratic parliamentarians.

The aid package was blocked for several months, essentially due to the opposition of a group of Republican congressmen, which was reflected in the scarcity of military equipment for Ukrainian troops to face the more numerous and better armed Russian forces.

The aid, which Zelensky had been demanding for months, was welcomed by Kyiv shortly after the vote, with the Ukrainian president saying it would save “thousands of lives”.

In his statements today, Zelensky said that part of the Ukrainian troops are “exhausted” and need to be replaced.”

“But these new soldiers must have equipment”, he added, asking for speed in the final approval of the package, which now has to be analyzed in the Senate, a process that should begin on Tuesday, and then be signed by the North American President, Joe Biden.

The Soviet army invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and withdrew in 1989, after more than nine years of a very bloody conflict.

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States launched a military intervention in Afghan territory and the withdrawal of American forces only took place in August 2021, almost 20 years later.

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