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Polish Foreign Minister criticizes US Congress for delaying Ukraine aid

Polish Foreign Minister criticizes US Congress for delaying Ukraine aid Photo: Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski blamed the US Congress for delaying the vote on the Ukraine aid bill, CNN reports.

He notes that Ukraine already lacks missiles for air defense, so this jeopardizes the humanitarian situation in the country.

Sikorski says that Russian strikes on Ukraine's civilian infrastructure are a war crime. The Minister also emphasizes that Kyiv has been asking for a long time to unblock aid from the United States.

"Now we have the result (of aid absence - ed.). One after another, Ukrainian power stations are being destroyed. Soon, Ukrainian cities will be out of electricity. I expect it to become a wave of refugees," he emphasizes.

In addition, Sikorski recalls how US President Joe Biden visited Kyiv before the first anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion and assured of his support for Ukraine. He also recalls that the bill on additional military assistance to Ukraine has been awaiting a decision by the US Congress since last August.

"I appeal again to Speaker Johnson: let democracy decide in the US Congress, to let this matter up for a vote, so that the money and the equipment can reach Ukraine. If it doesn’t the Russians will do more destruction, and the United States’ credibility will be at stake," the Minister says.

Consequences of US aid for Ukraine delay

At the end of February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that without US assistance, Ukraine would lose many people at the front. In addition, the Armed Forces of Ukraine would not be able to achieve new successes on the battlefield and would be forced to retreat.

Recently, he reiterated that Ukraine will have to retreat step by step if the United States does not resume military assistance.

At the last Ramstein meeting, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said that the United States would not allow Ukraine to lose the war with Russia.