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You can see other videos from our team here. Since Putin took Crimea and part of Donbas, no one has been able to push Putin to negotiate or respect a ceasefire, so why do you think he would do so now? Now he said I ll be a good guy. Like why? Kira Rudyk, a friend who is a member of Ukraine's parliament and leader of a reform party called Voice, said in an interview with the Financial Post. Rudyk is an MP in Kyiv, but the war still takes its toll: she has lost three members of her party due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine. She said that one was a soldier and the other two were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is awful. One of the main problems for Ukraine is the lack of military hardware and supplies that western leaders have promised and what has actually arrived on the ground. Ukraine needs the weapons it has promised. She said that nobody knows what will happen next.
I am worried about autumn, about the heating season and no gas, and worried about so many bombing attacks every day on Kyiv. We have been promised more but many haven't arrived. We have no choice but to keep fighting. Ukraine needs the weapons it promises, but the commitment in Europe wanes. Finland and Sweden have opted to join NATO, but Hungary is being obstructionist. Kissinger fanned the flames by suggesting that Ukraine should cede territory in order to forge a peace with Russia. Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak rebutted: Any concession to Russia is not a path to peace but a war postponed for several years. A recent poll found that 82 per cent of Ukrainians are not prepared to give up any land, including lands seized by Russia in 2014, even if it means a prolonged conflict. An independent Levada Center poll from earlier this month found that 74 per cent of Russians support the war. This means that the long conventional war is likely to continue for some time. Rudyk pointed out that Russia never agreed to a ceasefire after it partially invaded Ukraine in 2014, illegally seizing Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine. Putin has not achieved what he planned to do, so he hasn't had any success in the past three months. Right now is the time to get more support from the West and get the weapons we promised three months ago and are only now receiving them. She said long-range weapons will make a huge difference.
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Diane Francis said Canada needs to do more to counter the Russian threat. She said that Europe must stop buying oil and gas from Russia and that the States will still want to sell natural gas to Europe. Rudyk said that the Black Sea blockade of grain exports from Ukraine by Russia is now the world's problem. The amount of grain left in the world will last for 10 weeks. She said Putin is finishing what he started in 2014. He wants all of Donetsk and Luhansk and a bridge to Crimea and he is taking it. Will he end his aggression when that is achieved? She said something. Ukrainian morale is still high. The issue is how long will it take to get there. We can't count on everyone to support us forever. In 2014, we saw emotion over the invasion, then at some point it fades.