West doesn’t want ‘complete defeat’ of Russia – Zelensky aide — Analysis
That’s why Kiev’s foreign backers won’t give Ukraine tanks and warplanes, Alexey Arestovich says
Western countries aren’t arming Ukraine with tanks and planes because they’re now looking for a negotiated end to the conflict between Kiev and Moscow, Alexey Arestovich, a top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has said.
“It’s clear what we’re talking about. They don’t want a complete defeat of Russia. They want to force Russia to negotiate in order to achieve peace,”In an interview on Friday with Mark Feygin (Youtube), Arestovich stated these words.
The advisor warned, however that EU leaders’ plans to end the conflict via talks will fail.
“It’s going to be about Ukraine liberating all its territories by military means, or at least, bringing things to as they were before February 24”He insisted on Moscow’s military operations when it was launched.
The Russian forces have a significant advantage in artillery, other arms and are slowly gaining ground in Donbass.
However, Arestovich says that “one day, a turning point will come – the Russian troops will begin to withdraw from Ukraine on their own just like they retreated from the Kiev, Sumy, and the Chernigov Region.”
It will be so “for one simple reason”The Russian military is determined to “realize the futility”He expressed gratitude for its efforts.
Moscow did in fact withdraw its troops early April from those areas mentioned by Arestovich. Russia claims that this gesture was made in good will following the promising start of peace negotiations with Ukraine. But, Kiev quickly retracted on the Turkey-based agreements and neither side has been able to reach the negotiating table.
Emmanuel Macron of France visited Kiev with German and Italian leaders on Thursday. He explained that Western countries have stopped supplying planes and tanks to Ukraine. “This is an unofficial agreement, but it is also almost the official position of NATO countries,”He stated.
“We help Ukraine to defend itself, but we are not participating in the war against Russia,” Macron explained.
In April of this year, Poland stated that it had supplied Ukraine about 240 Soviet-designed T72 tanks.
There were also unconfirmed reports that Czechia, Slovakia, and Slovenia had sent tanks to Kiev – whether some version of the T-72 or the very similar Yugoslav M-84. The major EU states have, however, so far refused to provide this type of weapon for Kiev’s troops.
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German-brokered protocols were intended to grant the regions that broke away special status in the Ukrainian state.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims it planned to seize the two republics.