It's up to Ukraine’s allies to ensure Kyiv’s victory in the war against Russia, a top Lithuanian official said Wednesday, warning that “until Ukraine has won, nobody is safe.”
If Ukraine is not able to defeat Russia's invasion and take back territory "it spells a new geopolitical reality for everybody — not just for Ukraine, not just for Lithuania and those who are bordering Russia, but basically every country now has to rethink where and how they are going to live if Ukraine is not able to win,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said.
Ukraine has claimed it has been successful in reclaiming some areas, but officials in Kyiv previously admitted the country's counteroffensive is moving ahead slowly.
Landsbergis told CNN that allies "need to be patient," stressing that "it’s a very difficult war" and Ukraine needs more weapons.
"They are paying for the counteroffensive with their blood, with the lives of their people. We are just footing the bill. So, I don’t think it’s morally right to expect them to go faster or criticize that they are not achieving the goals that we think that should be achieved. They are doing what they can, and I have full trust that they can win," the minister said.