Olena Zelenska warns: Ukraine is in “death danger” without help

Olena Zelenska warned that Ukrainians are in “mortal danger”, being left to die if Western countries do not continue their financial support.

Ukraine’s first lady spoke to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, a day after Republican US senators blocked a key aid bill.

It allegedly provided Ukraine with support worth more than $60 billion (£47.8 billion).

Speaking hours after a Russian missile attack, she said: “If the world gets tired, they’ll just let us die.”

The White House has warned that US funds for Ukraine could soon run out, but Republicans have blocked a deal to authorize more assistance.

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They are trying to get compromises from President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress on funding measures at the US border in exchange for their support.

President Biden declared that the failure to grant aid to Ukraine would be a “gift” to President Vladimir Putin, warning that history will “judge harshly those who have turned their backs on the cause of freedom.”

In an exclusive interview to be broadcast on Sunday, Olena Zelenska told the BBC that the slowdown in aid represents a “mortal danger” for her country.

“We really need help. Simply put, we can’t get bored of this situation, because if we do, we die. And if the world gets tired, it will just let us die,” she said.

The first lady continued: “It pains us very much to see the signs that the passionate desire to help may be fading. It is a matter of life for us. Therefore, it pains us to see this.”

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