“We’re combating on the defensive towards an offensive from Russia for our proper to exist and to stay.”
“Ukraine is an impartial 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 making ready for the worst.
“I’ve realized in these eight years to hope for the perfect and put together for the worst, as did many different Ukrainians. However to be trustworthy, nothing can put together you for full-on warfare with the largest army energy in Europe, the third-biggest army energy on this planet.”
Vasylenko says, in her view, it’s apparent that Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t need an impartial Ukraine. “Putin needs Ukraine within Russia,” she says, including that the Russian chief’s “grasp plan is to eradicate an impartial 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.