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Ukraine feels the pressure of time and rising expectations

By Gideon Rachman

22 May 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Zelenskyy got a boost at the G7 summit, but there is still a real danger that U.S. and European support will fade unless Ukraine's military delivers on the battlefield, argues the FT's Gideon Rachman.

Ukraine has just had a diplomatic triumph. Now the country is under pressure to follow up with a military triumph.

After the pomp of the G7 summit in Hiroshima, the focus will switch back to the brutal realities of warfare in eastern Ukraine. The diplomatic and military support offered to Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the G7 was a big boost to the Ukrainian president. But the danger is that it could be remembered as the high watermark of international backing for Ukraine.

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