Ukraine will fight for every inch of its soil, until it emerges victorious, says FM Kuleba
Ukraine has a “Plan B,” for dealing with Russian aggression, which entails fighting “for every inch of land,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said during a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington on Feb. 23.
According to Kuleba, “Plan A” is the pursuit of a diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis, which was sparked by renewed Russian attacks on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “Plan B” can be summarized by the country’s resolve to fight “for every inch of land.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 21 announced Russia’s recognition of the non-government-controlled areas of Ukrainian Donbas as independent “republics,” and immediately ordered Russian troops into Ukrainian territory.
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, this move signifies Moscow “unilaterally abandoning” the peace process as outlined by the Minsk Agreement of 2014. In response, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has proposed severing diplomatic ties with Russia.
The UK on Feb. 22 imposed sanctions on five major Russian banks, along with Russian oligarchs Gennady Timchenko, Boris Roternberg, and Igor Rotenberg.
Earlier on the same day, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated that he was halting the certification process for the Nord Stream-2 pipeline, rendering it unable to begin operations.
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