"We have just two options: to win or to lose; to survive or to be exterminated by Russians," Yatsenyuk said.

Post-Soviet Ukraine’s first wartime leader has cited monumental stakes for Europe in the “bloody, difficult, and dramatic” suffering his country is enduring from Russia’s all-out invasion, Radio Free Europe reports.

Ex-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk also welcomed a crucial shift among Western political mindsets since he came to office in the shadow of Russia’s initial aggression eight years ago — one that he thinks “has turned the tide” in favor of Ukraine and democratic forces in Europe.

In a wide-ranging interview from an undisclosed location in Ukraine with RFE/RL’s Georgian Service, Yatsenyuk, who served as prime minister between 2014 and 2016, warned of “very bloody and severe battles” as Russian forces seek control over Donetsk, Luhansk, and other parts of eastern Ukraine seven weeks into the war.

The 47-year-old political veteran also noted that Germany is paying a price for its misguided policies on Russia and said that if Russian President Vladimir Putin succeeds in Ukraine, “Georgia and Moldova will be next.”

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