Ukraine ‘Is Breaking’ the Russian Army as War Reaches 8 Months: Zelensky


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the book industry with a video message at the 2022 Frankfurt Book Fair on October 18, 2022, in Frankfurt, Germany, where he called out Russian officials’ denial of war crimes. Zelensky on Monday predicted that Ukraine would break Russia’s military.THOMAS LOHNES/GETTY IMAGES

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proclaimed Russia is being reduced to an international “beggar,” saying the Kremlin’s military, diplomatic and economic influence has crumbled during its invasion of his country.

Zelensky made the remarks in a national address Monday to commemorate the eight-month mark of Russia’s invasion. During his speech, Zelensky said Ukrainian forces were on their way to retaking all territory occupied by Russia. But Zelensky warned that victory will not come easily and Ukraine will still need to make it through the winter, which he said will be “the most difficult in our history.”

“Ukraine is breaking the so-called ‘second army of the world’ – and from now on, Russia will only be a beggar,” Zelensky said in his speech.

Zelensky said Russia is “begging for something in Iran,” a likely reference to how the Russian military has reportedly turned to Iran for Shahed-136 drones to launch attacks on Ukraine’s power plants and other civilian infrastructure as the weather begins turning cold. Zelensky and others have claimed Russia is using the drones, which cost about $30,000 apiece, to prevent depleting its missile stock.

“There was gas influence – not anymore,” Zelensky said in the speech. There was military influence – it is evaporating. There was political weight – now there is an increasing isolation. There were ideological ambitions – now there’s only disgust.”

The Kremlin’s diplomatic isolation was on display this month when just four countries voted with Moscow against a United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning Russia’s annexation of four occupied regions in Ukraine.

Russia was expelled in 2014 from the then-Group of 8 alliance for illegally annexing Crimea from Ukraine.

Now called the Group of 7, the alliance of the world’s advanced economies, which includes the U.S. and several European countries, is finalizing a plan to cap the price of Russian crude oil exports. The plan is intended to reduce Moscow’s ability to profit off energy exports while helping ease the European Union‘s shift from Russian fossil fuels.

Meanwhile, Russian officials made comments that seemed to push back against Zelensky’s claims.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, said during a television appearance that the Kremlin remains open to negotiations, including with the U.S., according to the state-run TASS news agency.

“We have been answering all phone calls, and we have not blocked any ties or contacts with our partners—either with those who are still our partners or with those who we can no longer call that or with those who never was one,” she said. “We are ready to negotiate and so on.”

Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev on Monday pushed back against suggestions that Russia was depleting its weapons stockpile, saying in a Telegram post that the production of tanks, guns, high-precision missiles and drones is booming.

Newsweek has reached out to the Russian government for comment.


  1. It would be interesting to know what the average ruskie sheep thinks about his or her country and army after all the negative news … and now this; being a beggar for weapons and even basic military gear. And this, IRAN, of all nations.
    If we were ever in such a tight spot and begged other countries for material, the shame I would feel would be bottomless!

  2. The time is long overdue for Ukraine’s allies to step in to help the defenders finish the putinazi rats off.
    They can do this by closing Ukraine’s skies and sending ground troops to Kyiv oblast, Odessa oblast and Mykolaiv oblast.
    That way, Ukraine can focus its efforts on the denazification of all the occupied territories.

    • The problem with sending foreign ground troops in is it would make a hero of Putin in the eyes of the only people that could pull him down from his throne. I’m afraid this task is left only to Ukraine because if it looks like Putin is fighting NATO or the West he will be Fuhrer for life.

      • I respect your position on that Redders. You may be right.
        Obviously what we want is an end to the slaughter of Ukrainians and an increase in the culling of orcs that is so massively off the scale that they have no alternative but to return to their shithole.
        One way to do it would be to free off the Ukrainians so that they can concentrate more resources in Donbas and the south.
        We know that the putinazis want to take all of Ukraine and subjugate its citizens; a horrifying and unthinkable concept. But publicly they say that they want to stop with the four annexations announced recently.
        What the allies can do is say: “these are your stated objectives, so therefore you cannot object to us helping Kyiv, Odessa and Mykolaiv with security. Our forces are there in a defensive capacity only and will attack only if they themselves are attacked.”
        I would also want them to add to that: “we are not declaring a NFZ, but at the request of our ally; Ukraine, we are providing support for their Air Force. We will not engage with your aircraft unless they enter Ukrainian airspace.”
        I just think that the allies are asking an awful lot of Ukraine to keep on fighting alone as these brutal nazis head towards a second year of genocide.
        The allies have the capability to inflict much more damage on the putinazi economy, yet still they are holding back. What are they waiting for?

        • I like it Sir Scradge but I am afraid the time for that tactic has passed. IMO now is the time for punishment. Who can think of anything else at this time? Imagine the future of Russia after being fucking punished by little Ukraine! You can wipe them out for a year with NATO or 100 years with Ukraine. It is very, very expensive for Ukraine but this must be the LAST war and Kyiv MUST be respected in every aspect.

  3. If you are ready to negotiate, then get your orcs outside of the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine. Then, and only then, can we talk.

What is your opinion?