Ukraine official rules out conflict freeze

Ukraine official rules out conflict freeze

Russia continues to spend huge resources proving to the world its right to kill Ukrainians, but Ukraine does not trade its territories, people, and sovereignty.

This was stated by the advisor to the head of the President's Office, Mykhailo Podoliak, via Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

"I want the fullest possible understanding that nothing is over yet. Therefore, we must continue to fight in all directions. Russia is spending a lot of resources to prove to the world that Russians have the right to kill Ukrainians. And they are not receiving full punishment for it. That is why pro-Russian lobbyists in Europe are starting to raise their heads," the official said.

Podoliak said that yesterday the information agenda included only the oil embargo and Russian war crimes, but now "certain political mouthpieces" are offering us a new agenda: a ceasefire, frozen conflict, and surrender of certain territories for the sake of peace.

Read also: sanctions, money are Ukraine's negotiating platform until Russia liberates Ukrainian territories - Podoliak

"You can offer anything to protect your comfortable feed on social networks from bad news and resume business with Russia. ‘We want to return to the old, pre-war way of life. Agree to some compromises’ – you can literally read this in some Western eyes," Podoliak said.

In this context, he stated that Ukraine would not take part in such a discussion and "does not trade its citizens, territories, or sovereignty."

"There can be no talk of freezing the conflict," said the advisor to the head of the President’s Office.

According to him, any freeze is a war that’s been postponed, already larger-scale, bloodier and better prepared by the aggressor.

"Any war ends at the negotiating table, and this one will be no exception. But negotiations will be possible only when the parties are ready to agree. To this end, Russia needs to start soberly assessing the situation. It is unlikely that statements of concessions, saving face, or freezing the conflict will contribute to this," Podoliak said.

He stressed that no one in the world is interested in the long war and food crisis, recalling that the shortest way to end the war is weapons, sanctions, and financial assistance to Ukraine.

"Ukraine was given from three days to several weeks. The Ukrainians defended Kyiv, liberated three regions, and are completing the liberation of the fourth. Today, the same people are offering us to give Russia the east and the south. Appreciate  your advice, but we will probably take help with weapons," added the advisor to the head of the President's Office.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger earlier told a conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos that Ukraine should cede part of its territory to Russia, while the United States and the West should not count on Russia being defeated in the war.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba assured that Ukraine will not make concessions to Putin, because the strategy of appeasing him from 2014 to the beginning of a full-scale invasion has already failed and has no chance of success in the future.

Let’s get started read our news at facebook messenger > > > Click here for subscribe

While citing and using any materials on the Internet, links to the website not lower than the first paragraph are mandatory. In addition, citing the translated materials of foreign media outlets is possible only if there is a link to the website and to the website of a foreign media outlet. Citing and using materials in offline media, mobile apps, Smart TV are allowed only with written permission from Ukrinform. News and publications marked as "Advertisement" and "PR" and articles in the section "Releases" include promoted content, and an advertiser is responsible for the content.

© 2015-2022 Ukrinform. All rights reserved.

Website design Studio Laconica

Extended searchHide extended search
By period: