Ukrainian women who met Blinken make emotional pleas for more US support: ‘It’s a matter of dignity’


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Two Ukrainian women who met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week made moving pleas for more American support during “Fox & Friends Weekend” as Putin’s assault on Ukraine rages on.

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Daria Kaleniuk, executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center in Kyiv, and Hanna Hopko, former chair of the Ukrainian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, discussed the US response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Ukraine is now being executed by Russia for deciding to be free and for believing in democracy and the rule of law, and now, as we beg America to give us protection from our skies for avoid the deaths of millions of civilians,” Kaleniuk said. – hosts Will Cain, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Pete Hegseth on Sunday.

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“We in Ukraine are not afraid of a big war,” she continued. “We will fight until the end, but if millions of people, including children, are killed, it will be the responsibility of the leaders of NATO member states and in particular the leaders of the United States.”

Hopko appealed emotionally alongside Kaleniuk for more support, calling the Russian invasion a “genocide” of the Ukrainian people.

“It’s a matter of dignity, it’s a matter of humanity,” Hopko said. “We don’t understand why the Russian oil embargo is taking so long. Why there are no fighter jets…there is no protection from the skies.”

“Please we ask you to join our fight because this is about stopping authoritarian regimes,” she continued. “Stop this new Hitler, this new Stalin, this new fascist, Nazi regime, to which Putin is present[ing].”

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Over the weekend, the United Nations released data indicating that there are 1.5 million Ukrainian refugees who have already fled to neighboring countries.

Poland has opened its borders to around one million Ukrainians seeking refuge.


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