Russia unlikely to withdraw troops from Ukraine by Christmas, says top security official

14 December 2022, 12:48 AM
Oleksii Danilov (Photo:Natalia Kravchuk / NV)

Oleksii Danilov (Photo:Natalia Kravchuk / NV)

Russia is unlikely to withdraw its troops from Ukraine by Christmas, but Ukraine will do everything to ensure that the Russian invaders leave its territory, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said on national TV on Dec. 13.

"Of course, some miracles might take place on Christmas, but unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to Russia," Danilov said. "We are well aware that they aren't going to leave... But we will force the enemy to get out of our entire territory, including Crimea."

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, while addressing G7 leaders, that he was proposing that Russia withdraw its troops from the internationally recognized territory of Ukraine by Christmas.

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Later, the press secretary of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said that the withdrawal of invading Russian forces from Ukraine before the end of the year "is out of the question."

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