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Austria has joined several Western countries that appear to be becoming weary of sacrificing their money, tax dollars, military equipment, and weapons stockpiles for Ukraine as its war against Russia enters its second year. Even Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged this week that “Ukraine fatigue” is setting in and noted that support for the war is waning.
The loss of enthusiasm and support for the war was particularly evident in Austria on Thursday, where Zelensky gave a speech to the lower house of the Austrian parliament via video link. A few minutes into Zelensky’s speech, several Austrian lawmakers from the conservative Freedom Party (FPO) walked out in protest. Placards were left behind on their desks that read “space for neutrality” and “space for peace”. The group is unhappy with the current European and U.S. stance on the war, which has hindered negotiations.
FPO leader Hervert Kicki said just ahead of Zelensky’s speech, “It is sad that the FPO is the only party in parliament that takes our ever-lasting neutrality seriously, thereby also standing up for peace.”
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Something similar is happening in Bulgaria as well. Bulgaria has joined Austria and Hungary in refusing to send any lethal aid to Ukraine. Following Hungary’s example, the contingent of countries have expressed wanting to “prevent further escalation” with Russia.
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