Zelensky: “Any ceasefire without land restitution would prolong the conflict”
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Zelensky: “Any ceasefire without land restitution would prolong the conflict”

“They kill people, they destroy cities, they conquer them and then they say, ‘Let’s negotiate’. Who would they want to negotiate with? With the rocks? They are covered in blood and this blood is impossible to wash away.”

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For the Ukrainian president, a ceasefire that allows Russia to maintain control over the areas of Ukraine it has occupied would only fuel a larger conflict, while also offering Moscow the chance to rearm for a second phase of the conflict.

Putin “invaded us without talks, killed people, created 12 million refugees and now says Ukraine does not want to negotiate,” Ukrainian President Zelensky said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “They kill people, destroy cities, conquer them – he added – and then they say: ‘Let’s negotiate’. Who would they like to negotiate with? With rocks? They are covered in blood and this blood is impossible to wash away. to wash it away “.

For the Ukrainian president, a ceasefire that allows Russia to maintain control over the areas of Ukraine it has occupied would only fuel a larger conflict, while also offering Moscow the chance to rearm for a second phase of the conflict. The Russians, he added, “would not use this pause to change their geopolitics or to give up their claims on former Soviet territories”.

Zelensky: “US weapons have contributed to a rebalancing in the Donbass”

The recent supply of weapons by the United States and the Allies, in particular Himars rocket systems and 155mm howitzers, “helped stabilize the situation in the Donbass.” According to Zelensky “this change in the balance of firepower has helped to reduce Ukrainian losses”. Furthermore, the Kiev leader stressed the need for “air defense equipment to protect Ukrainian cities from Russian missiles”. According to Zelensky, these devices “will cost the United States and Europe much less than keeping the Ukrainian economy afloat with a monthly budget deficit of 5 billion dollars”.

Currently, “about 30 Ukrainian soldiers are dying at the front and about 250 are injured every day”. According to the president, at the height of hostilities in May and June, Ukraine was losing “between 100 and 200 troops a day”. Zelenskyy refused to disclose Ukraine’s total military losses since the start of the war, but said they are “several times lower” than Russia’s.