11:03 16 May 2022

Kvien: The US provided military assistance to Ukraine with no conditions regarding Donbas and Crimea

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US Chargé d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien noted that the United States provided military assistance to Ukraine with no conditions regarding Donbas and Crimea.

European Pravda reported this.

Kristina Kvien noted that Ukraine had already forced the russian army to withdraw from Kyiv, Chernihiv and near Kharkiv, so "it is not unreasonable to assume that it will expel the russians from other occupied regions."

"In providing security assistance to Ukraine, we didn't discuss in any way the use of weapons provided in Crimea and Donbas. We did not set conditions. Instead, we have always recognized that Crimea and Donbas are Ukraine, and this fact will be of great importance when we will decide on further support in the context of how far Ukraine will push the russian army. But the decision is up to Ukraine," said the Chargé d'Affaires.

She added that she had heard speculation that the United States was deliberately not providing Ukraine with enough weapons to repel and defeat the russian army, and that they were giving so much just to contain and deplete them.

"This is an absolute lie. And the simplest proof is the fact that you still repulsed the russian army from the north of Kyiv and the Kharkiv region. We want you to repulse the russian army in other areas as well. We want Ukraine to win this war! We are working every day to make this happen. The United States has already supplied more weapons to Ukraine than any other country, and we will continue to do so," said Kristina Kvien.

It should be noted that on May 15, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his belief that Ukraine would withstand the war that began with russia's full-scale invasion.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also said that Ukraine was able to win the war.

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