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PRESS RELEASE : Ukraine must get everything it needs to win, because prolonging the war is a risk for the whole world – Andriy Yermak on MSNBC

The press release issued by the President of Ukraine on 18 May 2022.

The Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak emphasizes that Russia’s aggressive war against our country may end sooner if the Ukrainian army receives the weapons on which negotiations are underway and there are agreements with partner countries. Prolonging the war is a risk for the whole world, he said on the American television channel MSNBC.

Andriy Yermak noted that now the Ukrainian military is succeeding on the frontline, for example in the Kharkiv region. At the same time, very heavy fighting continues in Donbas, which is an unnecessary reminder of the horrors of this war.

According to him, Ukrainians have already shown the world that they will fight for complete victory.

“And, of course, we are confident of our victory. And I am convinced that this will be a victory not only for Ukraine, but also for all our friends and partners,” Andriy Yermak said.

The Head of the Office of the President suggested that there are certain forces and people in the world who may be interested in making this war very long.

“But I can say that the longer this war lasts, the greater the risks for other countries, for the whole world that this war will affect not only Ukraine. At first, it will affect states that have borders with Russia, and then it may be a war involving even more countries,” he said.

Andriy Yermak noted that today the Ukrainian nation is showing how not to be afraid and fight. And if Ukraine receives in time everything that was agreed on with our partners and friends, it will win and will do it as soon as possible.

In particular, the Head of the President’s Office noted that Ukraine is waiting for the US Senate to approve a bill on the allocation of almost 40 billion US dollars in support of Ukraine and for President Joseph Biden to sign it.

“It’s vitally important. And we are very grateful to the American people, President Biden and his administration, Congress, the Democratic and Republican parties, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and everyone who is involved and continues to support and help Ukraine,” he said.

Andriy Yermak reminded that a team of leading international and Ukrainian experts (Yermak-McFaul group) has developed an Action Plan to strengthen sanctions against Russia, and one of its key elements is a full embargo on Russian energy.

He noted that everyone is currently watching the ongoing discussions and consultations in the European Union on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, and expressed hope that this decision will be made.

“Because we see the reaction and position of societies in European countries that fully support my country and the struggle of Ukrainians. Because they understand that today Ukraine is defending not only itself, its independence and freedom, but also the freedom and independence of the whole world, especially Europe,” the Head of the President’s Office concluded.