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Weapons meant for Ukraine have been sent to Israel - Ambassador Bondar

10 January, 2024 Wednesday
16:25

The weapons that were supposed to be provided to Ukraine were sent to help Israel - the war in the Middle East affects the situation in Ukraine

Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar made this statement.

He emphasized that Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip affect Western assistance to Ukraine.  According to him, the international media has shifted the focus to the war in Gaza, so some people think that the war in Ukraine is over.

Bondar also believes that one of the factors affecting aid to Ukraine is the internal political situation in Western countries, including the upcoming US presidential election, the positions of the Hungarian and Slovak governments, and the blocking of Ukrainian trucks by Polish farmers at border crossings.

The ambassador emphasized that Kyiv is aware of the existence of different ideas of its partners on how to help Ukraine, and that is why it has begun to increase its weapons production capacity. He also noted that there is a discourse in the West that "it is cheaper to help Ukraine than to fight on its own."

  • On November 2, 2023, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a $14.3 billion aid bill for Israel that did not include aid to Ukraine.
  • On November 7, Democratic senators blocked the passage of a bill to aid Israel that did not include aid to Ukraine.
  • Subsequently, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel stated that further support for Ukraine and Israel was a priority for the US leadership.
  • On November 15, it was reported that the Pentagon had increased the supply of military aid to Israel without a public announcement.
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