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Ukraine's first lady warns of 'mortal danger' if Western support ends

Dec 10, 2023

Kiev [Ukraine], December 10:Ukrainians face "mortal danger" if the West backs down over financial support for the resistance against the forces of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine's first lady OlenaZelenska has warned.
Zelenska argued that people in her country will be left to die if the world gets tired of providing support, in an interview with the BBC, as Britain presses US Republicans to agree to send aid to Kyiv.
In a diplomatic mission to the US, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron warned US Republicans that blocking fresh financial backing would be a "Christmas present" for Putin.
Lord Cameron, who was prime minister during Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, also warned "American lives" could be at risk if the Russian president targeted a Nato ally next.
"I see it as the great test for our generation, the great challenge for our generation. Are we going to defend this democracy?" he asked.
Republicans in the US Congress this week blocked a key bill that would have provided billions more in funding for military assistance.
Western allies are growing increasingly concerned about the crucial support for the fight against Russia amid the possibility of former president Donald Trump returning to the White House.
The White House has repeatedly sounded the alarm about what might happen to Ukraine if further funding is not approved soon, suggesting it will stall Kyiv's progress on the battlefield and risk giving Russia the upper hand. Last week, president Joe Biden pleaded with Republicans for a fresh infusion of military aid for Ukraine.
Speaking to the BBC's flagship Sunday political show, Zelenska said: "We really need the help. In simple words, we cannot get tired of this situation, because if we do, we die.
"And if the world gets tired, they will simply let us die."
Source: Qatar Tribune

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