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Ukraine envoy to Israel: We see Jerusalem as possible location for talks with Russia

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Ukraine's ambassador to Israel, Yevgen Korniychuk gives a statement to the media on the Russian invasion to the Ukraine, in Tel Aviv, on March 7, 2022 (Avshalom Sassoni‎‏/Flash90)
Ukraine's ambassador to Israel, Yevgen Korniychuk gives a statement to the media on the Russian invasion to the Ukraine, in Tel Aviv, on March 7, 2022 (Avshalom Sassoni‎‏/Flash90)

Ukraine’s envoy to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk thanks Israel for its attempts to mediate between Russia and Ukraine and says his government sees Jerusalem as a potential location for talks.

“We thank you for your government for its effort and hope it’ll help us [come to a resolution],” Korniychuk says, referring to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s trip to Moscow on Saturday and subsequent phone calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Our government sees Jerusalem as a possible location for negotiations with Russia,” he says.

Korniychuk says his nation is facing a “coming genocide” and compares Russia’s invasion to the surprise attack on Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Korniychuk publicly asks the Israeli government to end its refusal to send military aid, and to provide helmets and flak jackets to Ukrainian fighters.

“We have long talks about munition and equipment and self-defense with the Israeli government, including helmets and safety vests, and we did not reach an agreement,” Korniychuk says.

“I hope you can explain to me as a human being how this is a weapon,” the ambassador says, putting on a helmet.

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