Ukraine insists it won’t pause counteroffensive during winter

22 November 2022, 09:14 PM
Mykhailo Podoliak (Photo:REUTERS/Sergiy Voloshyn/File Photo)

Mykhailo Podoliak (Photo:REUTERS/Sergiy Voloshyn/File Photo)

Ukraine will not allow Russia to “freeze the war,” and will not give up on liberating its territory, advisor to the Head of the President’s Office, Mykhailo Podolyak, said in a Twitter post on Nov. 22.

"Want to know what ‘Russian world’ has brought to the occupied territories?" Podolyak said.

“1000 and 1 ways of torture. Kidnapping. Mass executions, rapes. Only because our people identify as Ukrainian.”

Podolyak is convinced that the residents of the temporarily occupied territories have the strength to survive the occupation because they believe "that this horror film has to end," while their major concern is that Ukraine could decide to not pursue the liberation of all its territory.

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"Want to know their biggest fear?" Podolyak continued.

"Freezing the war, ‘a ceasefire’ and halting the counteroffensive, like a knife in the back from the civilized world. We cannot let his happen: Ukraine must and will release all our people from Russia’s hellish concentration camp.”

Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine had received signals from foreign leaders that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin seeks "direct talks" with Kyiv. The Kremlin denied this, saying that “there are no public negotiations.”

On Oct. 4, Zelenskyy endorsed a decision made by Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to outlaw any peace talks with the current Russian leader.

Zelenskyy later said the dialog is possible – on the condition of a complete Russian withdrawal from all occupied Ukrainian territories, and an admission that the invasion was “a terrible mistake.”

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