Ukraine could lose the war without US aid — Zelenskyy’s Chief-of-Staff

Andriy Yermak during his visit to Washington on December 5
Andriy Yermak during his visit to Washington on December 5
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Unless the U.S. Congress votes to fund further U.S. military assistance to Kyiv, Ukraine is at risk of losing the war with Russia, head of the President’s Office, Andriy Yermak, said during a visit to the United States on Dec. 5.

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“If the assistance currently under discussion in Congress is delayed — I'm not even talking about it being voted down — it will create a significant risk that we will be in the same position in which we are now,” Voice of America quotes Yermak.

“And of course, that is very likely to make it impossible to continue liberating [our] territory and create a high risk of losing the war.”

He noted that besides strictly military aid; budgetary support is also vital because it keeps "us alive, our country alive."

"It's critically important for Congress to vote for this support and to do so as quickly as possible," the Ukrainian official concluded.

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On Dec. 5, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson stated he would not support further military aid for Ukraine unless the issue with border security in the United States is resolved.

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The same day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy "at the last minute" canceled a scheduled video link appearance at the U.S. Senate due to an "urgent matter."

Accompanied by Defense Minister Rustem Umerov and Minister of Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamyshin, Yermak is visiting the United States to meet with senior U.S. and NATO officials to discuss joint arms production in Ukraine, Politico reported on Dec. 5.

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