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Ukraine will not ‘back down’ despite doubts over US support

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Ukraine’s foreign minister said Wednesday that it won’t “back down” in its fight against Russia, despite doubts over US support and minimal progress on the front line.

“We have to continue, we have to keep fighting. Ukraine is not going to back down,” Ukraine’s top diplomat Dmytro Kuleba told Kyiv’s NATO backers in Brussels.

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“Our strategic goal, which is territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders as of 1991, remains unchanged,” he said.

“The issue here is not just Ukraine’s security it is the security and safety of the entire Euro-Atlantic space.”

There are fears that a lack of adequate support from the West – at a time that it is distracted by the Israel-Hamas war – could end up forcing Kyiv to seek a compromise with Russian President Vladimir Putin from a position of weakness.

Western officials insist they remain committed and are not pressing Kyiv to negotiate with Moscow even as Ukraine’s top general admits fighting has ground to a bloody stalemate.

Opposition from hardline Republicans in the US Congress has stalled a new $60-billion package of support and thrown into question the future of US assistance.

“Hopefully the US Congress will also find a solution that will be in the best interests of the American people which is actually to support both Israel and the Ukraine,” Kuleba said.

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