Volodymyr Zelenskyy vows to keep fighting over winter after recapture of Kherson

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has outlined his terms for a peace settlement to end the war with Russia, opposing some Western suggestions that Kiev should compromise with Moscow over its borders.

While Zelenskyy said on Tuesday he was open to peace talks, he insisted he would not interrupt fighting over the winter. His remarks follow suggestions from some US officials, including Army Chief General Mark Milley, that winter could provide an opportunity to begin negotiations with Russia and that Ukraine may never be able to expel Russian troops from all of its territory.

“We will not allow Russia to wait it out, build up its troops and then start a new wave of terror and global destabilization,” Zelenskyy said in a video address at the G20 summit in Bali. “I am convinced that now is the time when Russia’s destructive war must and can be stopped,” he added, dismissing Moscow by addressing the “G19” leaders.

Some Western diplomats have discussed in private that talks could begin on the basis of the frontline leading up to the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. of local proxy forces.

The suggestions came when Ukrainian forces managed to recapture Kherson last week, dealing a major blow to the Russian army that had occupied the southern provincial capital since March. Zelenskyy visited the city on Monday. Ukraine has recaptured more than half of its territory taken by Russian forces since February 24.

“It’s like, say, D-Day — the Allied landings in Normandy,” Zelensky said as he greeted the residents of Kherson and oversaw the return of the Ukrainian flag over the city.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Zelensky’s plan was confirmation that Kiev “didn’t feel like negotiating,” the state news outlet Ria Novosti reported. Russian President Vladimir Putin did not attend the G20 and was represented by his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.

Zelenskyy reiterated his earlier call for the total withdrawal of Russian troops and called for the release of all POWs and Ukrainians forcibly deported from Moscow.

He added that energy security would be crucial to Ukraine’s success and lasting peace. About 40 percent of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has been destroyed by Russian missile and drone strikes since early October.

“Every week Russia blows up our power stations, transformers and power lines,” Zelensky said.

Ukrainian officials have stressed in recent days that they intend to keep fighting, despite mixed messages from the west about whether it is time to consider negotiations with Russia more seriously.

In a call on Monday, Ukraine’s military chief General Valerii Zaluzhny told his American counterpart Milley that “we will fight as long as we have the strength”. Ukraine would continue with the government’s goal of liberating all Ukrainian territory held by Russian troops, he said. “We will not stop on this path under any circumstances. The Ukrainian army will not accept any negotiations, agreements or compromises,” Zaluzhny told Milley.

Following Milley’s remarks, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that “as long as Russia takes the position that it can just take as much territory as it wants by force, it’s hard to see them as a good faith counterpart in a negotiation”.

US President Joe Biden and other senior US officials have recently emphasized that they will continue to provide Ukraine with lethal military aid, with another package expected in the coming weeks.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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