UN peace formula summit to take place in New York on Feb. 24, says Ukrainian diplomat

12 January, 07:10 PM
Bodnar revealed the first details of the preparations for the summit on the peace formula (Photo:Vasyl Bodnar/Facebook)

Bodnar revealed the first details of the preparations for the summit on the peace formula (Photo:Vasyl Bodnar/Facebook)

The summit on the peace formula initiated by Ukraine will be held at UN headquarters in New York on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24, 2023, Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar has said, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported on Jan. 12.

Bodnar said that Ukraine was ready for peace and therefore earlier President Volodymyr Zelenskyy proposed a peace formula consisting of 10 points.

Bodnar also added that Kyiv has an international right to self-defense.

"The situation at the front is difficult, and if Russian troops are attacking from other areas, the situation may worsen, so we need to be prepared for any scenario," he stated.

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At the same time, Bodnar stressed that there was hope for peace, but it would be possible only if Russian troops are completely withdrawn from the territory of Ukraine, and the world puts pressure on Moscow, demanding that it halt is military activities in Ukraine.

"This is a war for liberation and independence,” the diplomat concluded.

“We need to liberate our lands, restore our territorial integrity, and establish sovereign rights on our sovereign lands. This is the main element of the whole war.”

Zelenskyy presented a ten-point formula for peace at the G20 summit in November. It includes the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity, the withdrawal of Russian troops, the release of all prisoners, a tribunal for those responsible for aggression, and security guarantees for Ukraine. Kyiv has invited its foreign partners each to take the lead in one of the points of the plan.

In December, Zelenskyy said that a summit on the peace formula could take place in February, but no specific date was given.

Meanwhile, Russia has continued its war against Ukraine, rejecting talks on Zelenskyy’s peace formula, while offering no peace proposals of its own.

Ukrainian authorities and military commanders talk about the possible preparation of a new offensive by Russian troops on Ukrainian cities.

The direct participation of Belarus in the war against Ukraine is also not ruled out.

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