Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday amid the ongoing Russian invasion.

“The two leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine, with an emphasis on the Kyiv region,” a readout from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Bennett offered the Ukrainian leader Israel’s assistance with any humanitarian aid needed and updated Zelensky on the steps already taken in this regard.

The Israeli leader also reiterated his hope for a speedy end to the fighting, and said that he stands by the Ukrainian people during these difficult days.

Israel’s leadership has been balancing its position on the conflict. Bennett did not explicitly condemn Russia’s actions in a readout of the call, but on Thursday, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called Russia’s attack a “grave violation of international order.”

Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry announced on Friday that it will send NIS 10 million ($3.07 million) in aid to Ukraine’s Jewish community.


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