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Mon Feb 14, 2022, 10:38 AM Feb 2022

'Ukrainians feel that they've been abandoned,' ambassador says as crisis intensifies [View all]

LONDON — Ukrainians are starting to feel “abandoned,” Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.K. told CNBC on Monday, as tensions with Russia escalate and many nations urge their citizens to leave the country.

“The problem is that Ukrainians are pushed, you know, to panic,” Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.K., said Monday.

“The airlines are canceling the flights, money has been withdrawn by investors. Ukrainians feel that they’ve been abandoned,” he said in London.


“Because not many people can leave. My family can’t leave, my mom can’t leave, my family, my brother lives there — and so many friends. We feel, the word abandoned — maybe this a bit [of a] harsh word, but that’s how Ukrainians believe that they’ve been treated as of now,” he said.

“We just wanted to remind everybody ... we don’t want this war,” he added.


?[We are] not a family of anybody, who would come to help us and support,” the ambassador noted, adding that as a result, “we can’t expect ... somebody will come to save us.”


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