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UK foreign secretary comments on ‘Ukraine fatigue’

Liz Truss urged the West not to show signs of ‘giving up’ on Ukraine

The West must prepare to back Ukraine against Russia in the long run and not give in to conflict “fatigue,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has stated.

The foreign secretary spoke to European media Tuesday to stress the importance of Western unity and not just humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. “What I am urging is [that] we continue to stick to that and we absolutely don‘t show any signs of fatigue or tiredness or giving up,” Truss said.

“What we cannot have is some uneasy peace, where Russia is still present in Ukraine. That is not going to work.”

Truss stated that a win for Kiev would mean Russian troops being removed “all parts of Ukraine [that] have been illegally occupied.”Moscow must also give up Crimea. The Crimeans voted to be part of Russia after the 2014 coup.

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She was asked by a reporter if Britain is ready to support Ukraine for 10 more years. “We have been very clear, we are in this for the long haul.” 

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, also recommended avoiding “Ukraine fatigue”and continue to support Kiev against Russia. During the Group of Seven summit (G7) in Germany, the PM reiterated his message. “Realistically there is going to be fatigue in populations and politicians,”He said that Ukraine must be supported by the West, and that it should not lose heart.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French- and German-brokered protocols were intended to provide special status for the Ukrainian states that breakaway areas.

In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.

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