Andriy Yermak, who heads the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, issued a warning to Newsmax that failure to provide more aid to Kyiv could put its prospects of fending off Russia's invasion, which will mark two years on Feb. 24, in jeopardy.
Senate Republicans dealt another blow to getting more aid to Ukraine, vowing Wednesday to quash any bill for Ukraine aid that does not address the southern U.S. border.
"Of course, it will be [a] big risk to lose this war," Yermak told "The Record With Greta Van Susteren." "And … after two years, when [Ukraine] showed to all the world that we [were] able not just to defend our lands, but already we liberated 50% of the outer territories that were occupied from [the start of the war]."
Ukraine officials have been in Washington to offer updates on the war and lobby for more aid.
The White House wanted an all-encompassing package that would address aid to Ukraine and Israel, the situation at the southern border as well as replenish the Federal Emergency Management Authority's disaster relief fund.
House Republicans passed a separate aid package for Israel and, like their Senate counterparts, want any aid to Ukraine tied to the border issue.
Despite the recent setbacks, Yermak said he believes U.S. lawmakers will work something out.
"I don't believe that it has happened, and I hope after two days of the meetings [on Capitol Hill], I once again to feel and to listen that the bipartisan support, it's still very strong," Yermak said. "What I listen to [on Capitol Hill], what I listen to at White House and State Department is that support for Ukraine is very important for United States.
"I know that the American people still very strongly support Ukraine because Ukraine is fighting for our joined values. Ukraine still protected the border of NATO.
"It's honest, it's true that the fighting of Ukraine is gift to opportunity to not sending the soldiers of NATO to the real war. Of course, we're very appreciative of all aid, all help and assistance which we are receiving from United States and other partners."
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