Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk said on Monday he was unsure of the success of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s mediation efforts to end the war in his country, but added that these attempts were appreciated.
“This is unprecedented,” the ambassador said, “Bennett flew to Moscow on the Sabbath to speak about peace. We appreciate him and hope his efforts will end the bloodshed.
For us now it’s genocide, much like your situation in the Yom Kippur War in 1973,” he said. “Unfortunately, we are dealing with a much stronger adversary and a lot more victims, so thank you for your attempts at mediation”.
Korniychuk, who spoke to the press in Tel Aviv, welcomed the government’s intention to establish a field hospital in Ukraine and thanked Israel for the humanitarian aid provided.
He thanked Israelis and organizations that stepped up to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war, but called for donations to be temporarily suspended until they can be delivered to those in need.
“I don’t know why people are afraid to provide defensive means,” he said. “Is it a weapon? It’s something simple that can be done,” Korniychuk said.
“I hope the government can at least provide us with such things that will help save Ukrainian lives,” he said.
The Ukrainian envoy also said Kyiv leaders see Jerusalem as a place for mediation talks.
He called on Israelis who have friends or connections in Russia to tell them the truth about the war.
“Tell them about the humanitarian catastrophe caused by their government,” he said.
“I want to ask the Russians: what have we done to you? What have the Ukrainians done to you that you are now killing our people and raping our women? he declared. “We are fighting for our independence and we will do so until we are free,” Ambassador Korniychuk said.