Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are Ukrainian, not for trade or sale – Danilov

22 February, 02:53 PM
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Oleksiy Danilov (

Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are Ukrainian territories that cannot be exchanged or sold, Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), said in an interview with NV’s sister publication Ukrainska Pravda on Feb. 22.

“Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are Ukrainian sovereign territory that is not exchanged or sold,” the online newspaper quoted Danilov as saying.

“There is no draw in this war. Ukraine must win, and Russia must lose. Compromise and concessions are the path to defeat and loss of statehood.”

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He said that internal destabilization in Ukraine would be the only way the aggressor would be ble to save itself from military defeat and the collapse of Putin's regime.

“For this, the Kremlin needs to implant a poisonous virus into our circulatory system— the idea of the possibility of a compromise,” Danilov said.

“All that is needed is Ukraine’s consent to give up the territories of Donetsk, Luhansk oblasts and Crimea in exchange for ending the war.”

Danilov said that work on this scenario is being carried out on a large scale and in different directions. In particular, the Kremlin regime in its plans is counting on the fatigue of Ukrainians, the exhaustion of its allies and partners, the elections in the United States and Europe, economic crisis and the need for Russian energy imports.

“Old ... and new agents are rising on the domestic Ukrainian (sphere),” he said.

“Various speakers and experts will be cautious at first, and then more and more loudly saying how we need peace, that yes, we need concessions, that the West is betraying us, and the authorities are not listening to you!” Danilov said.

“Why do we need these Donbas, Luhansk and other lands and people, because there are only ‘separs’ and ‘vatniks’ (separatists and pro-Russian citizens), brainwashed, with a destroyed economy and devastated cities. These are weights on your feet on the way to Europe!”

He added that if Ukraine fell into the trap of choosing between concessions and war, the only result would be that Ukraine would get war again.

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