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U.S. refusal to assist Ukraine will look like surrender to Putin — Ukrainian serviceman

7 February, 2024 Wednesday
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Ivan Varchenko, a serviceman with the Ukrainian Armed Forces and a national security expert, believes that there is no reason to assume that the United States will refuse to help Ukraine

He shared his opinions with Espreso TV.

"There is no reason to say that the United States will refuse to help Ukraine. Refusal to help will be perceived as surrendering to Putin. I think that American society, through its politicians who support freedom and democracy, will have enough common sense. To say that they don't support this would be to put an end to many notions of how the Western world has been moving. All the doubts that have been expressed for many centuries about the West being rotten, unable to adhere to its principles and declared values, have been disproven before," Varchenko said.

According to a national security expert, if the United States, which has declared bipartisan support for Ukraine at the institutional level, chooses not to assist, it would be perceived as a surrender to Putin and Putin’s Russia.

"I hope that the political challenges facing the US society will force them to answer the question of whether their professed ideals of freedom, democracy, global order, and adherence to rules hold true. I am confident that the people of the United States will not permit politicians to negate their core values," Varchenko emphasized.

  • On January 31, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US House Speaker Mike Johnson and other members of the congressional leadership to discuss support for Ukraine.
  • On February 1, media reported that Mike Johnson believes that the US national security program, which includes assistance to Ukraine, will be divided over border policy.
  • On February 3, Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson announced that next week there would be a vote on a separate $17.6 billion aid package for Israel without aid to Ukraine.
  • On February 4, at the third annual Ukraine Week summit held in Washington, DC, a delegation of the Baltic states called on the US Congress to provide funding for Ukraine.
  • On February 5, the administration of US President Joe Biden announced its plans to veto the bill to provide aid to Israel, as the White House considers it incomplete.
  • During his address to Congress, US President Joe Biden called Trump the main problem in providing aid to Ukraine.
  • On February 6, House Republicans did not support Speaker Mike Johnson's bill to provide military aid to Israel without assistance to Ukraine.
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