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21 May, 04:20 PM

Victory in this war will come on the battlefield, but ending it will still take diplomacy, says Zelensky

Ukraine will triumph over Russia on the battlefield, but diplomacy will still be needed to end the war, said President Volodymyr Zelensky during an interview on the Ukraine 24 TV channel.

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 “Now [the war] looks like a car – it’s not run on gasoline or electricity, it’s hybrid, that’s why the war is so complicated which is why winning it is so hard,” Zelensky said.

“It’s going to be bloody on the battlefields, but the final stage of the war will occur with diplomacy.”

He added that some things can’t be resolved on the battlefields, but only at the table of negotiations.

“We want all [of our territories] to be given back, while the Russian Federation doesn’t want to give anything back,” Zelensky noted.

Ukrainian diplomacy has already persuaded many of the world’s powers to take its side, such as the U.S., Canada, Germany, the U.K., Japan, as well as the EU and G7.

Most United Nations member states have publicly condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

Retired U.S. army general Ben Hodges expects the Ukrainian army to push Russian invaders back to the February 23 line by end of summer.

Meanwhile, Yuriy Butusov, a Ukrainian military analyst, believes Russian will run out of resources for supplying its army by autumn.

In Russia, propaganda has already begun to circulate to prepare public opinion to possibility that they will not achieve their goals for the war. One example is the recent appearance of Russian military expert Mikhail Hodaryonok on Skabeeva’s show, which has gone viral on social media. Hodaryonok said that Ukrainian army is stronger than the Russian army.

Russia is attempting to mobilize conscripts from poorer parts of the country, but without an active declaration of war, they have been unable to raise the numbers needed. Instead, the Russians are attempting to bolster their numbers with forced mobilization, especially in areas such as occupied Crimea, as the Crimean Tatar population is generally reluctant to serve in the Russian military. Similar stories of forced mobilization have been noted in occupied Donbas.

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