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In an interview with Fox News “Cavuto Live” from the bomb shelter with three children in the capital Kiev, Elena Gnes said that if Western countries do not intervene to stop the Russian president Vladimir Putin that “this is the collapse of democracy.”
“This is the collapse of our values. This is the collapse of our civilized, diplomatic and normal world in the West, which we have been building for so long after World War II,” she said.
In an emotional address to the United States and its allies, Gnes warned that sanctions, however costly, would not be enough to stem Putin’s ambitions.
“Billions are few,” she said. “Save us. Please intervene and do something with force.”
A mother of three was sitting on the floor of the shelter with her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, and her 5-month-old daughter slept in her arms on the third day of the war in Ukraine.
Russian forces have failed to take control of any Ukrainian city and have so far failed to dominate the airspace, defense officials said on Saturday.
Ukrainian troops have been able to fend off Russian troops, but they continue to surround Kyiv, leaving defense officials to believe that this is Putin’s main goal.
“It is shocking that we are repeating the history of World War II, when everyone played with Hitler,” Gnes said in disappointment. “Hitler did not stop until he was stopped – Putin is the same. He will not stop until he is stopped. “
“He does not want Ukraine because it is his historical heritage. He wants a waterway, he wants more territory. He is already talking about the Baltic countries, Finland and so on,” she added.
Gnes said she was leaving with her husband, who had joined forces with Ukrainian forces in Kyiv to repel Russia’s invasion.
“My husband didn’t tell me much. He said I love you – that’s all I need to know, “she said. “I told him I was proud of you.”
“We are ready to die for our freedom,” she told Fox News. “But maybe this time we will be able to react faster. Maybe in the 21st century we have become smarter.”
The United States and NATO have said they will not send troops to Ukraine for military cooperation with Russia.
Biden approved the distribution of another $ 350 million in security aid on Saturday, and NATO forces both Great Britain., Lithuania and Poland sent more aid and weapons to the Ukrainians.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky remained in Ukraine and promised to continue fighting with Russian forces.