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Ukraine envoy wants Israel to press Kremlin, says aid package being hashed out

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

Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk expresses disappointment with the level of backing Jerusalem is giving his country, but says talks are underway for a humanitarian aid package.

Korniychuk tells reporters he would like Israeli diplomats to use their weight in Moscow to sue for a peaceful resolution to the Russia-initiated conflict, which is now in its second day.

“We are fighting on our own,” he says.

While the ambassador confirms that he did not ask Israel for military assistance, he says his government is in the final stages of negotiating a humanitarian assistance package from Israel.

“We’re not talking about Israeli soldiers, you have your own security concerns [with Russia in Syria],” Korniychuk says

Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk at a press conference in Tel Aviv on February 25, 2022. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)

. “We’re smart enough not to ask you something you won’t do.”

The package is expected to include medical supplies and equipment.

Korniychuk, who was visibly distraught before and during the press conference, shares with The Times of Israel that his daughter is currently living in Ukraine.

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