Russia “desperate” for reprieve to prepare another offensive, Ukraine warns

14 November 2022, 10:30 PM
Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:MFA)

Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:MFA)

Moscow is desperately looking for a ceasefire to regroup its forces and launch another, even more brutal attack on Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in a press release on Nov. 14.

Kuleba noted that no other country in the world strives for peace in Ukraine as much as Ukraine itself, as the country that sought to avoid the war in the first place.

“But we also know that agreeing to Russian ultimatums will not bring peace,” Kuleba said.

“The result will be just the opposite. Russia wants a reprieve to recover and launch an even more brutal attack as soon as it can.”

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The minister stressed that Kyiv has not received and will not receive any reasonable peace proposals from Moscow.

He also called Russian dictator Vladimir Putin's statement that the Kremlin was open to negotiations a smokescreen for continued aggression.

“Putin doesn’t want any compromises right now,” Kuleba added.

“That’s why President Zelenskyy clearly emphasized: Russia must withdraw its troops from the territory of Ukraine as it’s internationally recognized. This is what will open the path to a peace process.”

On Oct. 4, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy approved the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the impossibility of negotiations with Putin. The President’s Office said that Kyiv would be open to negotiations when Russia has a new leader.

Later, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine could find a format for dialogue with Moscow if Russia retreats from occupied Ukrainian territories.

After surrendering the city of Kherson, Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow was open to talks with Ukraine “without preconditions.” Kyiv responded that the Kremlin regime is now in no position to dictate any conditions to Ukraine.

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