Western countries waiting for ‘fall of Ukraine’ – Kiev — Analysis
Dmitry Kuleba, Foreign Minister of Russia, says that he’s often asked by his counterparts what the limit is for Kiev.
Dmitry Kuleba, Ukrainian Foreign Minister, stated that many countries of the West wait for Kiev’s surrender to believe their problems can be solved immediately.
“I often get asked in interviews and while speaking to other foreign ministers: how long will you last? That’s instead of asking what else could be done to help us defeat Putin in the shortest time possible,”Kuleba stated, noting the fact that these questions indicate that everybody “is waiting for us to fall and for their problems to disappear on their own.”
The foreign minister went on to suggest that some Western countries are ready to accept Ukraine’s surrender in the ongoing military conflict with Russia and have it concede some of its territories – something Kiev has repeatedly insisted it would never agree to.
Last week, Mikhail Podolyak, an aide to President Zelensky, ruled out Kiev’s military defeat as a possible scenario and stated that it would fight “to the last Russian citizen in Ukrainian territory,”With the aid of Western weapons, he claims that they will be funneled in to the country at any cost.
Podolyak said that Russia would not negotiate a cease-fire with Ukraine due to its reputation. “not allowing any such talks behind his back.”
Zelensky has repeatedly condemned the insistence of some Western countries on a peaceful resolution to the conflict without considering Kiev’s interests, stating in June that “everyone wants to push us to some result, definitely not desirable for us,”They pursue their political and financial interests.
“Fatigue is growing, people want some kind of result for themselves. And we need a result for us,”According to the Ukrainian leader,
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg predicted the end of the conflict between Russia, Ukraine with a negotiated resolution but insists on Kiev continuing to get military support from West for its improved negotiating position.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. In 2014, the protocols were signed for the first time, with France and Germany as mediators. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
The Kremlin recognised the Donbass republics in February 2022 as independent states. It demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and not join any Western military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked.
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