Zelensky called a truce with Russia without the return of territories dangerous

Consolidating Russian control over part of Ukraine in a ceasefire agreement will cause an even greater conflict, Zelensky is sure. He urged not to give Russia a “respite for rest”

Volodymyr Zelensky

If Ukraine signs a cease-fire agreement with Russia that leaves parts of Ukrainian territory under Moscow's control, it will trigger more conflict as Russian forces can resupply. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

“Freezing the conflict with the Russian Federation means a pause that gives the Russian Federation a respite for rest”,— said the Ukrainian leader.

Zelensky is confident that Russia will not use this pause to change direction in geopolitics or to abandon “claims on the former Soviet republics.”

Earlier, the President of Ukraine called the return of control of the territories as a condition for peace negotiations with Moscow. “Certainly, we must return all our territories. But it will most likely be related to the victims. To begin with, we plan to return [territories] to the state before February 24,— Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called first to “change the situation at the front” before returning to dialogue with Russia. Minister Dmitry Kuleba explained: “I tell all partners simply: “Russia should sit down at the negotiating table after the defeat on the battlefield. Otherwise, it will again be the language of ultimatums.

In Kyiv, they have repeatedly talked about plans for a counteroffensive against Russian forces, for this purpose Ukrainian intelligence has attracted all available resources. For the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it is necessary to gain an advantage in military equipment and air defense systems, the office of the President of Ukraine noted. As of the beginning of June, the lack of armored vehicles did not allow going on the offensive.

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The supply of weapons can allow Ukraine not only to go on the offensive, but also to strengthen the negotiating position in the dialogue with Russia, said the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia. He added that in a number of places counter-offensive operations could take place as early as August. Zelensky gave the order to develop a plan of attack on the country's southern coastal regions occupied by Russia, said Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.

Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine were frozen in early April, after the publication by international media of photographs and videos from the city of Bucha in the Kyiv region: they depicted the bodies of dead people. The mayor of Bucha, Anatoliy Fedoruk, told AFP that the residents in the photographs were shot and hundreds were buried in mass graves. “There is some change in the negotiation background <…>, and this leaves a certain imprint,” — said adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president Mikhail Podolyak.

The Russian side considered the publications from Bucha a provocation. The Ministry of Defense said that Russian troops left the city on March 30 and were not involved in the killings of civilians. During the time that the Russian army controlled the city, “not a single local resident was harmed,” the department claimed. President Vladimir Putin gave a similar assessment.

By the end of April, the Foreign Ministry was talking about the loss of confidence in Ukraine on the issue of negotiations. Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the end of July that the Ukrainian authorities would not be able to formulate “some things that deserve serious attention from serious people.” He also said that the geographical boundaries of the tasks of the special operation have expanded: “This is far from being only the DPR and LPR, it is also the Kherson region, the Zaporozhye region and a number of other territories, and this process continues.”

At the request of Roskomnadzor RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

Russia launched a military special operation in Ukraine about five months ago— on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin explained his decision by the desire to “restore statehood” LPR and DPR, to protect their civilian population from “genocide”, as well as to carry out “demilitarization” and “denazification” Ukraine.

Ukrainian authorities rejected Moscow's accusations, imposed martial law and announced mass mobilization. Diplomatic relations with Russia were severed.

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Vladimir Zelensky

politician, president of Ukraine

January 25, 1978

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