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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's chief of staff said on Monday that delaying U.S. aid to Kiev, which is being discussed in Congress, would lead to a "great danger" that Ukraine would lose the war launched by Russia with last February's invasion.

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The agency described Andriy Yermak's statement as one of the most candid by a senior Ukrainian official in the context of uncertainty surrounding future rescue assistance to Ukraine by the US and the EU, given that there is no end in sight to the raging conflict with Russia.

"If the aid now under discussion in Congress is simply postponed, it implies the great danger that we will remain in the same position we are in now," Ermak told an audience in Washington. "And, of course, there is a very high probability that we will be unable to constantly regain territories, and therefore there is a great danger of losing the war," he added.

White House officials said time was running out and funds to help Ukraine were running out.

U.S. President Joe Biden's administration in October asked Congress for nearly $106 billion to fund ambitious military plans by Ukraine and Israel, as well as to bolster border security with Mexico. Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, albeit by a narrow majority, have rejected the aid package. Officials in the Biden administration, however, still hope that the basic package of funds will be approved.

White House says Ukraine is running out of money

Yermak said cutting off direct aid from the U.S. budget would be a problem.

"Naturally, without this direct support from the (U.S.) budget, it will be difficult to hold the same positions that we are in now, as it will be difficult for people to really survive in conditions of continuation of the war," he said. "That is why it is of extreme, vital importance that this aid be voted on as soon as possible," the chief of staff of the Ukrainian president said.

Yermak made the remarks during his second visit to Washington in a matter of weeks. He said he would urge Congress and the government to pay attention to the vital importance of their approval for the new aid package.

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