Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak held a video conference meeting with the Members of the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The event was also attended by: Deputy Heads of the Office of the President Roman Mashovets and Andriy Smyrnov, Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov, Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Lytvynenko.
Andriy Yermak informed the congressmen about the situation at the front. He emphasized that in more than six months of a full-scale war against Ukraine, Russia was unable to achieve its goal of conquering our country and suffered heavy losses. And this happened thanks to the courage of the Ukrainian nation and the help of international partners.
The Head of the President’s Office emphasized that Ukraine not only repelled the onslaught of the aggressor, but also began to conduct successful counteroffensive operations, which made it possible to liberate almost 8.5 thousand square kilometers of Ukrainian territory in the east of the country.
“And I want to sincerely thank the American people, members of Congress, the White House Administration and President Biden for helping Ukraine from the first day of the war. This success is our common victory, a victory of freedom and democracy. And our goal is and always will be the complete liberation of the entire Ukrainian territory from the occupiers as soon as possible and the restoration of the full sovereignty of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders,” he emphasized.
At the same time, Andriy Yermak noted that the war continues, the Russian army still has large forces, so Ukraine needs further support and strengthening. He noted that the list of needs of our country and the Armed Forces is well known to the military-political leadership of the United States, fruitful cooperation and coordination on these issues has been established.
Deputy Head of the Office of the President Roman Mashovets informed the congressmen about the urgent needs of Ukraine.
For his part, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Andriy Smyrnov focused on the initiative of the Ukrainian side regarding the establishment of a special tribunal on the crime of aggression against Ukraine. In his opinion, this is no longer an issue of war in our country, but an issue for the entire civilized world, and the support for this process by the US as a key democracy is extremely important.
“It’s a matter of courage to call a spade a spade, to call international criminals international criminals,” noted Andriy Smyrnov.
Chairman of the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff expressed support for the President of Ukraine and all Ukrainians who bravely defend their country, and congratulated them on a significant success in certain areas of the front. He noted the importance of the received information regarding the situation on the battlefield and the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.