Ukraine’s Plea for Financial Support: The Mortal Danger of Inaction

In a heartfelt plea for continued financial support, Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine, warns that her country is in “mortal danger” and may be left to die if Western countries do not provide aid. This comes after Republican senators in the US blocked a key aid bill that would have provided over $60 billion worth of support to Ukraine. Zelenska’s plea comes at a critical time, with a recent Russian missile attack adding to the urgency of the situation.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Laura Kuenssberg on Sunday, Zelenska emphasized the gravity of the situation, expressing her concern over delays in funding. She stated, “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.” Zelenska’s words reflect the dire consequences Ukraine faces if it does not receive the necessary support.

The White House has also warned that US funds for Ukraine could soon run out, adding to the urgency of the situation. However, Republicans have held up a deal to authorize more assistance, seeking compromises from President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress on funding for US border measures. President Biden himself has stressed the importance of providing aid to Ukraine, stating that the failure to do so would be a “gift” for President Vladimir Putin and warning that history would judge harshly those who turned their back on freedom’s cause.

The UK has also been urging politicians in Washington DC to agree on a deal for Ukraine. UK Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron has emphasized the importance of the US’s role as the “lynchpin” of the Western coalition backing Ukraine in its fight against Russia. He has urged the US not to give Putin a “Christmas present” by blocking the much-needed financial support required to continue the war against Russian forces.

The international community’s attitude towards Ukraine has shifted, with full-throated support in Washington DC no longer guaranteed. However, the fundamentals of the conflict remain unchanged. Ukraine is still fighting to repel Russian forces after the illegal invasion that took place nearly two years ago. The initial surprise at Ukraine’s resilience and the enthusiasm of Western countries’ support has waned. The country now finds itself in a precarious position, unable to sustain its efforts without the financial backing of other nations.

Zelenska’s plea for financial support is a desperate call to action. It serves as a reminder of the urgent need to support Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression. The consequences of inaction could be catastrophic, not only for Ukraine but also for the stability of the region. The international community must heed this warning and rally behind Ukraine, providing the necessary financial support to ensure its survival. Failure to do so would not only be a betrayal of Ukraine but also a failure to uphold the principles of freedom and democracy on which the Western world prides itself.

The full interview with Olena Zelenska will be broadcast on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg on December 10th at 9 am on BBC One.