President Zelensky says Ukraine MUST remove Russia from all of its territory or ‘the war will just be frozen until it resumes’ – as his troops continue to push back Putin’s troops
- President Zelensky said Russia must leave Ukraine’s territory to end the war
- Mr Zelensky said the war is simply ‘frozen’ until Russia is removed from its land
- The West fears the war could escalate if Ukraine tries to take back Crimea
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned Moscow to withdraw from all occupied territories if a lasting solution to the war is needed.
Speaking to the Financial Times, President Zelensky said Putin’s forces must be removed from all Ukrainian countries if there is any hope of an end to the war.
“We must return all lands,” said Mr. Zelensky, “because I believe the battlefield is the way to go if there is no diplomacy. If you don’t get your country back in full, the war is simply frozen. It’s only a matter of time before it happens again.’
The Ukrainian leader’s comments came amid mounting fears from Western allies that the war could escalate — especially if Ukraine made any attempt to take back Crimea, the region illegally captured by Russia during its 2014 annexation. .
President Zelensky said Putin’s troops must be removed from all Ukrainian territory if there is any hope of an end to the war. The Ukrainian leader is pictured on November 19
The West fears that if Ukraine tries to take back Crimea, Putin could answer his threats and use nuclear weapons.
The Ukrainian president admitted that the fate of Crimea was of increasing concern to the international community, but said: “If anyone is willing to offer us a way to relieve Crimea by non-military means, I will only be there for that.” “.
Ukraine has come under intensified shellfire in recent weeks, with Putin’s forces targeting the country’s critical infrastructure in hopes of forcing Ukraine to make territorial concessions.
Mr Zelensky said he was adamant that Russia’s tactics of destroying critical infrastructure would not deter his country from liberating its own.
Putin’s forces fired some 70 rockets at Ukraine’s key infrastructure facilities this week. About 80 percent of the country was shrouded in darkness and had no access to water.
Mr Zelensky said he was adamant Russia’s tactics of destroying infrastructure would not stop his country from liberating its own territory. Mr. Zelensky is pictured in Kiev earlier this week
Putin’s men are not budging as the renewed barrage of attacks on infrastructure suggests that Mocow intends to turn the onset of winter into his weapon. The Russian president will be photographed in Moscow on Thursday
Strikes on power grids left residents of the entire Kiev region, the western city of Lyiv, the northern city of Kharkiv and the southern region of Odessa without electricity.
All of Ukraine’s 15 nuclear reactors were also taken offline due to unstable electricity, with the bombing also causing blackouts in half of neighboring Moldova.
“It was the kind of incident that hasn’t happened for, I don’t know how many years, maybe 80, 90 years: a country on the European continent where there was no light at all,” the Ukrainian leader said.
Crucially, the attacks on infrastructure have left Ukraine short of transformer units to restore its decimated electricity network. The Financial Times reported that Ukraine was seeking spare transformer units from Poland and Lithuania.
Putin’s men won’t budge as renewed barrage of attacks on infrastructure suggests Mocow intends turning the onset of winter into his weapon.
Zelensky said the attacks on civilian infrastructure show Russia has no plans to negotiate an end to the war anytime soon.
But Kiev has also rejected any suggestion from Western allies that it would be open to discussions and negotiations to end the now nine-month war.