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As war rages in Ukraine, Americans are back in kyiv.
After closing the embassy in February, even before the Russian invasion, a core of diplomats returned ahead of the official reopening of the embassy later this month: the group led by the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, Kristina Kvien.
“It’s symbolic of American support for Ukraine,” Kvien told Fox News. “Nothing replaces in-person meetings.”
With a number of high-profile US visits to the country in recent weeks, including by first lady Jill Biden, some have wondered if President Biden should also take a trip.
“At some point, of course,” Kvien said, “but I can’t tell you when.”
As new military aid packages for Ukraine are approved by Congress and Biden, Fox News asked the acting ambassador how “offensive” the United States will become.
“We certainly want to help the Ukrainians in any way possible to win this war,” she replied. “We think Ukraine should win this war.”
As good as Ukrainian forces are doing against stronger and more numerous Russian enemies, many experts now say this could be a long and drawn-out war. Some analysts worry about “Ukraine fatigue” among Western allies.
“I haven’t seen many of them,” the acting ambassador remarked, “One of the reasons is that Ukraine’s cause is just…it’s so just.”
As a seasoned diplomat, Fox asked Ms. Kvien, after all the horrors that have happened in this country, if Vladimir Putin’s Russia could once again be treated as a partner.
“Under the leadership of President Putin, I think it will be impossible to go back to business as usual,” she noted. “He must withdraw from Ukraine, he must stop committing war crimes and he must become a responsible actor on the world stage.”
Finally, Fox asked the diplomat for his first-hand impressions after a three-month absence.
“I was incredibly impressed and moved by the Ukrainians’ absolute conviction and bravery,” she said. “Their will and resilience to fight the Russians wherever they attack.”
And the fight continues.
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