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Ukraine Envoy to US Cautions War Fatigue Would Embolden Putin

  • ‘Let’s Forget About Ukraine’ isn’t an option, Markarova says
  • But so far, she says, there’s no sign of flagging support
Oksana Markarova speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 11.
Oksana Markarova speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 11.Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg

Ukraine’s envoy to Washington cautioned the US and allies against fatigue over a war that’s costing billions of dollars in security assistance, saying it would be far costlier in the end to let Russia’s President Vladimir Putin go unchallenged.

“Can you simply say, ‘OK, let’s forget about Ukraine and do something else’? The answer is no,” Ambassador Oksana Markarova said in an interview Thursday in Bloomberg’s Washington office. If Putin isn’t stopped in Ukraine, she said, “it means that he will attack other countries in Europe” that are covered by NATO’s mutual defense pact. “And then everyone will have to fight, and it’s going to be much more expensive.”