Success on the battlefield and sanctions will determine duration of war, Zelensky says

16 April, 11:22 AM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. (

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. (

The duration of Russia's war against Ukraine will depend on two factors: the success of the Ukrainian military on the battlefield, and sanctions pressure being maintained on Moscow, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a new video address on April 15.

Commenting on speculation about when the war will end published by the media, Zelensky said that he had more information about the intentions and capabilities of the Russian army, the potential of the Russian economy and the emotional state of society in Russia.

He said these factors had to be taken into account before saying how long the war would last.

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"The success of our military on the battlefield is indeed very significant, historically significant, but it is still insufficient to clear the land of the invaders," the president said.

"We'll beat them more. Sanctions against Russia are very severe and economically painful, but they are not (strong) enough to leave Russia's military machine without a livelihood. We advocate for stronger and more destructive ones. It is in these two ways that the duration of the war is being decided."

On April 15, U.S.-based CNN television channel reported that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had told European allies that Washington believed Russia's war against Ukraine could last until late 2022.

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