Zelensky said that Ukraine needs the support of the West, since the army is weaker than the Russian one in terms of weapons
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, at a video conference organized by the Financial Times, said that his country's army is inferior to Russia's in technical terms, therefore, it needs the help of the West.
“We are inferior in equipment and therefore incapable of attacking. We will suffer even more losses, and people— my priority",— he said.
According to Zelensky, the “stalemate” in combat is not an option for Ukraine. If Kyiv succeeds in getting Russian troops to withdraw to positions held before February 24, this will be a “major temporary victory”; for Ukraine, but its ultimate goal— full sovereignty over its territory.
The Ukrainian leader believes that “victory must be achieved on the battlefield,” while insisting he is open to peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the end of May, Zelensky said that “in principle, he does not accept any meeting with anyone from the Russian Federation” other than Putin.
The Kremlin, in turn, said that Putin never refused a meeting with Zelensky and that it was “hypothetically possible.” However, it is necessary to prepare for the negotiations: it is necessary that the delegations of the two countries, as a result of joint work, formulate “not a set of ideas, but a specific written document,” insists the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov. Since April, negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv have stalled.
Ukraine needs continued support from the West, but negotiations for a peace settlement behind Kyiv's back are out of the question, Zelensky said. This is how he reacted to reports that the US, Britain and the EU are discussing ways to resolve the situation in Ukraine without the participation of representatives of Kyiv (this, in particular, was reported by CNN). “How can a ceasefire be achieved on the territory of Ukraine without listening to the position of this country?” asked Zelensky.
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politician, President of Ukraine
January 25, 1978
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