Ukraine rats out 'Israel' to US, begs for Israeli weapons
The Ukrainian Ambassador to "Israel" says that Kiev is pushing the US to pressure "Tel Aviv" to send weapons to Ukraine.
Ukrainian Ambassador to "Israel" Yevgen Korniychuk told The Hill newspaper on Sunday during a phone call that Kiev requested that the US put pressure on "Tel Aviv" to deliver weapons to Ukraine and monitor "Israel's" compliance with imposed sanctions on Moscow.
"The Americans are the only country that Israel is listening to," Korniychuk told the newspaper, pointing out that relations between Ukraine and "Tel Aviv" have expanded during the past week "on some technical issues related to defense," which included advanced missile warning systems.
"That's a positive development," Korniychuk said, adding, "we are expecting more from Israel of course," confirming that he holds regular meetings with his American counterpart to push him to alter "Israel's" position on sending military supplies to Kiev.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in late September that he was "shocked" the Israeli occupation was not joining the West in supplying Kiev with weapons in light of the Ukraine war.
Earlier this month, the Israeli occupation's ambassador to Ukraine, Michael Brodsky, had said that "Tel Aviv" was ready to help Kiev against Russia in the ongoing war, but without crossing the "red lines" that could undermine its security. However, this did not stop Kiev from later sending an official note to the Israeli occupation requesting immediate air defense supplies and cooperation in the security sector.
Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Saar responded to the note while on Israeli broadcaster Army Radio, saying "Tel Aviv's" support for Ukraine "does not include weapons systems and weaponry. And there is no change to that position."
Ukrainian and Israeli statements, however, come in contradiction to numerous Israeli media reports about military cooperation between the two.
Israeli occupation media reported in mid-September that an Israeli arms manufacturer was supplying anti-UAV systems to Ukraine via Poland, with the sales conducted through Warsaw to circumvent "Tel Aviv's" refusal to sell advanced arms to Ukraine. The firm reportedly informed the Israeli Ministry of Security that it was selling arms to Poland, though it pretended not to know the latter was then giving the weapons to Kiev to use against Russia.
"Israel" sending mercenaries, providing weapons to Ukraine
Last April, videos shared on social media appeared to show several Israelis fighting alongside Ukrainian forces and thanking "Israel" for its assistance.
The videos, which went viral, showed the men dressed in Ukrainian military uniforms in an unspecified forested area.
Hundreds of Israelis are thought to have traveled to Ukraine to join volunteer units following the war in Ukraine, but the exact numbers are unknown.
In addition to the substantial evidence of "Israel's" involvement in the war in Ukraine in favor of Kiev against Russia, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported last March that a secret Israeli training unit of elite graduates is training Ukrainians to fight the Russian army.
Earlier this month, Former Russian President and senior Security Council of Russia member Dmitry Medvedev warned "Israel" against providing weapons to Ukraine threatening that any move to boost Kiev's arsenal would severely damage bilateral relations.
Following Russian threats to "Tel Aviv", senior advisor to the Ukrainian President, Mikhail Podolyak, slammed the Israeli decision not to supply Ukraine with air defense systems, stating that "Israel chose to be on the wrong side of history," and that it, "causes great disappointment in Ukrainian society."
Due to "Israel's" support of Ukraine, tensions soared between "Tel Aviv" and Moscow, prompting the latter to close the "Jewish Agency for Israel's" work in Russia, giving rise to further tensions.
In addition to the Jewish Agency issue between "Israel" and Russia, a dual-citizen Israeli-Ukrainian by the name of Vladimir Kozlovsky was captured in the Lugansk People's Republic as he was fighting among the mercenaries siding with Ukraine. It is evident that his release will not take place easily in light of the lack of trust between "Israel" and Russia.