Ukraine must win its war with Russia before winter to prevent its neighbor from being bedridden in the long run, presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak said on Tuesday.
“It is very important for us not to enter the winter. After the winter, when the Russians have more time to step in, it will certainly be more difficult. It is very important for us not to give them this possibility,” Yermak told Ukrainian weekly Novoye Vremya.
He reiterated Kyiv’s view that Ukraine’s Western allies should supply it with more weapons and said he was counting on multi-billion-dollar pledges of US aid in the form of arms and financial support.
The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act package was signed into law by US President Joe Biden in May, with the support fully operational next month.
“Our goal is to win,” Yermak said.
Any ongoing talks with Russia revolve around how to export Ukrainian grain from blockaded ports — not how to end the conflict after Russia invaded in February.
“These talks are taking place at the level of the Ministry of Military and Foreign Affairs… with UN mediation,” Yermak said.
“I am in contact with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, I do not communicate with the Russians,” he stressed.
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