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Ukrainian president warns of costs of prolonged war with Russia

PoliticsUkrainian president warns of costs of prolonged war with Russia

Kyiv (The Times Groupe)- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Tuesday that the more Russia fights against his country, the more expensive it will be to protect freedom.”

“Not only for Ukraine, but also for the whole free world,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement on Telegram.

“Therefore, the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine — MLRS, tanks, anti-ship and other weapons — is the best investment in maintaining stability in the world and preventing many severe crises that Russia is still planning or has already provoked,” he said.

“We continue to work to ensure that Ukraine receives reliable security guarantees after this war,” he added.

Andrii Yermak, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, and former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will head an international advisory group, he said.

“The group will include leading experts in the fields of security and defense, diplomacy,” he added.

“Their task is to develop a format of guarantees that will really work. And not for several months or years, but during the lifetime of many generations of our Ukrainians.”

Since Russia launched a war on Ukraine on Feb. 24, at least 3,942 civilians have been killed and 4,591 injured.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports about 6.6 million refugees have fled to other countries, while more than 7.7 million have been internally displaced.

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