Andriy Yermak, head of the office of the Ukrainian presidency, said one path leads to the “sunlit uplands” as described by Sir Winston Churchill while another leads to an “abyss of a new Dark Age”. Mr Yemak acknowledged that people in western countries were “hurting” due to the economic cost of the sanctions imposed on Russia.
However he insisted that “our fight is your fight” and that “our lives lost will become your lives lost” if Ukraine doesn’t prevail.
Writing in The Times he said: “When Russia invaded my country, its leadership were surprised at the unity of Ukraine and its western allies.
“The Kremlin believed its army could march up to Kyiv in a matter of days and declare victory. The Kremlin was wrong.
“The Ukrainian armed forces and its people have defended our lands with an extraordinary courage about which historians, when they have time, will write tales of heroism to awe future generations.
“And Russia will have been alarmed at the support provided by our friends.
Our western allies saw that this terrible conflict represented a turning point in history.
“We stand at a fork in the road. Down one path lies the sunlit uplands once described by Sir Winston Churchill.
“Down the other path lies the abyss of a new Dark Age, where corruption, authoritarianism and terror has been allowed to succeed.”
Mr Yermak did acknowledge the “great cost to our friends and allies” that sanctions against Moscow had caused.
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“I am afraid that nothing could be further from the truth.”
President Zelensky’s staffer finished with a strong message: “Ukraine and its people stand on the front line of a conflict that will shape the 21st century, just as the First and Second World Wars carved out the history of the previous 100 years.
“Believe me when I say that our fight is your fight. Our lives lost will become your lives lost if Ukraine does not prevail.
“If Russia wins this war, the security of the West and the international rules-based order it supports will be shattered.
“I can assure you that Russia will not stop if its armed forces succeed in Ukraine.
“Every time Russia is met with weakness, they advance and escalate again. If Russia prevails, this conflict will not end within the borders of my country.”