Interim US Ambassador to Fox: “Ukraine Should Win This War”

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As the war rages in Ukraine, the Americans have returned to Kiev.

After closing the embassy in February, even before the Russians invaded, a core group of diplomats returned ahead of the embassy’s formal reopening later this month: the group was led by the interim US ambassador to Ukraine. Kristina Kvien.

“It symbolizes US support for Ukraine,” Kvien told Fox News. “There is nothing that can replace face-to-face meetings.”

With a string of top-tier US visits to the country in recent weeks, including First Lady Jill Biden, some have wondered if President Biden should take a trip as well.

Acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Kristina Kvien smiles as she arrives for her press conference in Lviv, Ukraine on Monday, May 2.

Acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Kristina Kvien smiles as she arrives for her press conference in Lviv, Ukraine on Monday, May 2.
(AP / Mykola Tys)

“At some point, of course,” Kvien said, “but I can’t tell you when.”

As new military aid packages for Ukraine are approved by Congress and Biden, Fox News asked the interim ambassador how “offensive” the United States would be.

“We certainly want to help the Ukrainians in any way possible to win this war,” he replied. “We believe Ukraine should win this war.”

As much as the Ukrainian forces are fighting against the strongest and most numerous Russian enemies, many experts now say that this could be a long and protracted war. Some analysts worry about “Ukraine fatigue” among Western allies.

First lady Jill Biden meets Olena Zelenska, wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, at School 6, a public school that has welcomed displaced students in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, on Sunday, May 8, 2022.
(Photo AP / Susan Walsh, Pool)

“I haven’t seen it much,” noted the interim ambassador, “One reason is because Ukraine’s cause is just … it’s so right.”

As a seasoned diplomat, Fox asked Ms. Kvien, after all the horror that has happened in this country, if Vladimir Putin’s Russia could ever be treated as a partner again.

“Under the leadership of President Putin, I think it will be impossible to get back to business as usual,” he noted. “He needs to withdraw from Ukraine, he has to stop committing war crimes and he has to become a responsible actor on the world stage.”

Finally, Fox asked the diplomat for her first-hand impressions after being gone for three months.

“I was incredibly impressed and moved by the absolute conviction of the Ukrainians and their courage,” she said. “Their readiness and resilience to fight the Russians wherever they attack.”

And the struggle continues.