Boredom Followed By Unexpected Tragedy: A Ukrainian Soldier's Life At War : Consider This from NPR Quote – "The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride." That statement, from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the U-S Embassy, came two days after Russian missiles began raining down on his country two years ago.

After weeks of speculation and warnings Russian President Vladimir Putin had declared war.

Fueled by grit, patriotism and billions of dollars from the US, Ukraine has waged a fight no one expected they could. But nearly two years in that could be changing.

US aid is stuck in Congress. This week, Russian forces captured their first city in 9 months. And that plea Zelensky made for ammunition in February 2022 – he's still making it.

Ukraine has waged a war against Russia that has exceeded expectations. Can it continue to stand up to Russia if western aid doesn't come through?

We get the view from the battlefield from a Ukrainian writer turned soldier.

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Boredom Followed By Unexpected Tragedy: A Ukrainian Soldier's Life At War

Boredom Followed By Unexpected Tragedy: A Ukrainian Soldier's Life At War

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A television screen shows President Volodymyr Zelensky's addressing Russians the day Russia invaded Ukraine February 24, 2022. Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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A television screen shows President Volodymyr Zelensky's addressing Russians the day Russia invaded Ukraine February 24, 2022.

Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Quote – "The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride." That statement, from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the U-S Embassy, came two days after Russian missiles began raining down on his country two years ago.

After weeks of speculation and warnings Russian President Vladimir Putin had declared war.

Fueled by grit, patriotism and billions of dollars from the US, Ukraine has waged a fight no one expected they could. But nearly two years in that could be changing.

US aid is stuck in Congress. This week, Russian forces captured their first city in 9 months. And that plea Zelensky made for ammunition in February 2022 – he's still making it.

Ukraine has waged a war against Russia that has exceeded expectations. Can it continue to stand up to Russia if western aid doesn't come through?

We get the view from the battlefield from a Ukrainian writer turned soldier.

For sponsor-free episodes of Consider This, sign up for Consider This+ via Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Erika Ryan and Karen Zamora, with audio engineering by Kwesi Lee. It was edited by Courtney Dorning. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.