“We’re preventing on the defensive in opposition to an offensive from Russia for our proper to exist and to dwell.”
“Ukraine is an unbiased nation; Ukraine shouldn’t be Russia,” says Ukrainian Member of Parliament, Lesia Vasylenko, chatting with Marc Lamont Hill from the capital, Kyiv.
As Russia’s onslaught on Ukraine continues and Russian troops push on with their advance on Kyiv, Vasylenko says she, like most Ukrainians, is getting ready for the worst.
“I’ve realized in these eight years to hope for the very best and put together for the worst, as did many different Ukrainians. However to be sincere, nothing can put together you for full-on conflict with the largest army energy in Europe, the third-biggest army energy on the planet.”
Vasylenko says, in her view, it’s apparent that Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t need an unbiased Ukraine. “Putin needs Ukraine within Russia,” she says, including that the Russian chief’s “grasp plan is to eradicate an unbiased Ukraine from the face of the earth”.
On UpFront, Marc Lamont Hill speaks with Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko and asks why she believes President Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and whether or not the worldwide group is doing sufficient to help Ukraine.