Ukraine, like no one else, wants peace, but not "at any cost", which means the need for Russian troops to leave the entire internationally recognized territory of Ukraine.

This was stated by Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna Yevhen Tsymbalyuk during a speech at the plenary session of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Skopje on November 30, Ukrinform reports.

"We, like no one else, need peace, but not 'at any cost'. This means that Russian troops must leave, and the integrity of Ukraine must be restored within internationally recognized borders," he said.

Against this background, Ukrainian Ambassador expressed gratitude to all those who help Ukraine achieve a just peace, including through the implementation of the Peace Formula – "the only way to restore respect for the principles of the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and the rules-based international order."

Tsymbalyuk noted that Russia's initial plans for Ukraine failed, "but the fight is not over yet."

"The means may be different, but the goal – to conquer Ukraine – remains the same: either through negotiations or by war," he stressed.

The head of the Ukrainian mission to the OSCE also pointed to the "construction of an axis of armed evil" between Russia and North Korea and Iran. According to him, this shows that "Russia, if it is not stopped today, is ready to go even further."

"At the same time, the last two years have proven that the OSCE is most useful when we ignore Russian blackmail and when we speak to Russia from a unified position of strength based on moral right. Otherwise, Russia will ask for more and more concessions. And this is understandable, because we cannot build the future of the OSCE with a country that steals our future - our children," he said.

Separately, Tsymbalyuk drew attention to the fact that, contrary to all forecasts, Ukraine has liberated more than half of its territory captured by Russia since February 2022, and "has succeeded in the battle for the Black Sea and is gaining a foothold on the occupied left bank of the Dnieper."

"Together we can achieve much more. At the same time, the events in Georgia in 2008, in Crimea and Donbas in 2014-2015 explain in the best possible way that an unpunished Russia always comes back with a new offensive. It is time to put an end to Russia's ability to attack independent and sovereign states," the head of Ukraine's mission to the OSCE said.

Background: Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba refused to participate in the OSCE ministerial meeting in Skopje due to the participation of Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov.