Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that he was often asked by some of his counterparts how much longer Kiev could hold out.
Some countries in the West are waiting for Kiev to surrender and think their problems will resolve themselves immediately, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in an interview published Tuesday.
“I am often asked in interviews and when talking to other foreign ministers: how long will you last? That is instead of asking what else can be done to help us defeat Putin in the shortest time possible.” Kuleba said, noting that such questions suggest that people “Waiting for us to fall and their problems to go away 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 make concessions on some of its territories – something which Kiev has repeatedly insisted will never agree.
Last week, Mikhail Podolyak, an aide to President Zelensky, ruled out Kiev’s military defeat as a possible scenario and announced that they would fight “For the last Russian citizen on the territory of Ukraine,” with the help of Western weapons that he said would be brought into the country regardless of cost.
Podolyak also suggested that no one would try to negotiate a truce with Russia at the expense of Ukraine, given President Zelensky’s reputation for “Do not allow any such talk behind his back.”
Zelensky has repeatedly condemned the insistence of some Western countries on a peaceful resolution of the conflict without taking into account Kiev’s interests, stating in June that “Everybody wants to push us to some result, we certainly don’t,” while pursuing their own financial and political interests.
“Fatigue is increasing, people want a certain result for themselves. And we need a result for us,” the Ukrainian leader stated.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has predicted that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will eventually end with a negotiated agreement but stressed that Kiev must continue to receive military support from the West to improve its negotiating position.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in special Ukrainian status. Protocols brokered by Germany and France were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “creating powerful armed forces”.
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country and would never join any Western military bloc. any. Kiev insists that Russia’s attack is completely unprovoked.