In an interview with the authoritative American publication The Wall Street Journal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, spoke about the means that Ukraine will use in the war for its existence, Putin's futile hopes of winning this war, and the Kremlin's reluctance to negotiate for peace.
collected the main statements made by the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
About "red lines" for Ukraine
According to the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one cannot expect restraint from Ukraine when it is waging an existential war.
"Ukraine should not be a victim forever. We are a country that is fighting on all fronts for its survival, for its territorial integrity," Kuleba added.
In this context, he emphasized that Ukraine cannot be demanded to follow certain "red lines" when it defends its territories.
"First of all, we are focused on striking targets in the occupied territories of Ukraine, on liberating our own territory. But, of course, the idea that Russia can do in Ukraine everything it can technically afford, while Ukraine does not have the same legally, conceptually, morally and militarily wrong," he said.
The minister added that Ukraine promised the US not to use American weapons for strikes on the territory of Russia, this does not apply to Crimea, which is internationally recognized as Ukrainian territory.
About the deoccupation of Ukraine
"Crimea is no different from the rest of Ukraine. Ukraine will return all its territories, including Crimea, some by military means, others by diplomatic means," Kuleba said.
According to him, it is still too early to say what exactly this balance of deoccupation will be, that is, what part will be returned thanks to the coordinated actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and what part will be returned at the negotiating table.
About Putin's hopes
The head of the Foreign Ministry noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin still hopes to win the war against Ukraine.
"Putin and his closest entourage are hoping for a miracle that will happen and change the situation," Kuleba said.
According to him, Russia's behavior shows that Moscow still seeks military victory, including the conquest of all of Ukraine.
Therefore, the minister recently called on allies to provide Ukraine with more weapons, including Western-made tanks, jet fighters and ATACMS missiles.
Dmytro Kuleba stated that, despite Moscow's numerous statements about its desire for peace negotiations, the actions of the aggressor state show that it is not ready for dialogue.
He added that after withdrawing their troops from Kherson, the occupiers have already transferred their soldiers to Donbas, where they are trying to capture Bakhmut.
"They are preparing for new battles, for new offensive operations, not for negotiations. Therefore, nothing speaks in favor of the fact that Russia is ready for negotiations," Kuleba emphasized.
About the future of Russia
Dmytro Kuleba said that the world community should not think about how to help Russia to survive, but to come to terms with the fact that this state cannot be a normal member of the international community in this form.
"I don't think that the world will fall apart if Russia falls apart. But it is its people who will fall apart their country, as it happened with the Russian Empire," the minister added.
It will be recalled that previously, the military analyst, Colonel Petro Chernyk named five main factors that must be implemented in order to eliminate the civilizational threat from the Russian Federation.
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