Ukrainian FM seeks to boost support for Ukraine while working at UN, sources say
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is focusing on the global impact of the energy and food crisis of the Ukraine war during a meeting with his counterparts on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, according to UN diplomats familiar with the matter.
Kuleba is doing so with a specific goal: to try to maintain unity among the nations that support Ukraine while acknowledging the impact of the war on their country, diplomats said.
Although the devastation in Ukraine is immense, Ukrainian officials believe that highlighting the effects of the war beyond Ukraine’s borders is most likely to encourage continued support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.
The food crisis is a central effect felt around the world, as Ukrainians push to maintain and expand the current grain deal, the diplomats said.
Kuleba also plans to shame the leaders of countries that receive cheap oil from privately owned Russia, saying they are profiting from victimizing Ukraine, the diplomat said.
Meanwhile, U.S. and European officials are confident that this week will increase continued support for Ukraine, according to U.S. and European officials.
There are several factors that contribute to that expectation. First, Ukraine’s progress on the battlefield has put the wind in its favor because it would not look good if countries stopped supporting Ukraine while it is succeeding. Second, comments by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian President Narendra Modi last week provide new impetus to maintain support for Ukraine, the officials explained.
A little background: Last week, Modi told Putin that “the current era is not an era of war,” a significant rebuke from a leader who has remained largely silent on the conflict during more than six months of its fury.
On Thursday, in a meeting with the Chinese leader, Putin acknowledged Xi’s “questions and concerns” about the war.