– Winter is already here. The thermometer has dropped below zero, and snow is falling in Ukraine, says Dmytro Kuleba.
He has just finished a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Ede, and when asked by NRK, the Ukrainian minister spoke about plans to persevere through what will be a difficult winter.
– Kuleba says: – We have already survived the first massive drone attack against Ukraine, 75 drones in one night last Saturday.
-We have prepared well for this winter. We have strengthened our energy infrastructure and are ready to defend it. We have received many anti-aircraft systems. Of course, he adds, I cannot fail to mention the famous Norwegian NASAM system.
At the same time, the minister warns that there will be another Russia that Ukraine’s population and military forces will have to deal with this winter.
– I must also admit that Russia learned its lesson after last winter. They were preparing to attack Ukraine in new ways. Kuleba says both sides are well prepared.
– It will be a winter battle where the battle will also be about morale. “We will persevere, as we always do,” says Kuleba.
– But it won’t be easy.
Espen Barth Eide still promises strong and sustained support from Western countries, despite the difficult debates in the US Congress and the recent elections in the Netherlands, where the winner of his election campaign called for cutting off aid to Ukraine.
We see that people have begun to discuss this matter in some far-right circles, as is the case with Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Hungary and some other places. But the absolute majority of governments in Europe are very clear that this must continue, says Barth Eide.
He adds that US Secretary of State Blinken’s message was the same when he met him yesterday.
– Blinken believed that American support would continue regardless of who wins the elections there.
Barth Eide participated with Kuleba today in the first meeting at the level of foreign ministers in the new NATO-Ukraine Council.
– It is important that we do this together, not just each country individually. He says it provides a more systematic, long-term approach to supporting Ukraine.
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