Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Russia would capitalize on any ceasefire to give its troops rest and to re-equip its military. He claimed that a break in fighting would prolong the war.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Zelensky said, “Freezing the conflict with the Russian Federation means a pause that gives the Russian Federation a break for rest. They will not use this pause to change their geopolitics or to renounce their claims on the former Soviet republics.”
Zelensky predicted a ceasefire would only last a few short years, then Moscow would resume its offensive. Russia “will rest and in two or three years, it will seize two more regions and say again: Freeze the conflict. And it will keep going further and further. One hundred percent,” he said.
The statements by Zelensky come as Russia has slowly captured a fifth of Ukraine’s territory. The US and its allies have sent billions in increasingly advanced weapons to Kiev. However, even long-range rocket systems have proven inadequate in aiding Ukrainian forces to retake territory.
Zelensky believes his forces will turn the tide and drive Russian troops out of Ukraine. He said, “The society believes that all the territories must be liberated first, and then we can negotiate about what to do and how we could live in the centuries ahead. Our people are convinced we can do it. And the faster we do it, the fewer will die.”
Russia President Vladimir Putin said last week that Ukraine proposed a workable offer in March, but Kiev broke off talks in April. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Zelensky in Ukraine shortly before negotiations ended. Ukrainska Pravda reported Johnson discouraged Zelensky from making an agreement with Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced last week the Kremlin plans to seize more of Ukraine’s territory because of the Western arms transfers. “Now the geography is different, it’s far from being just the DPR [Donetsk] and LPR [Luhansk], it’s also Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions and a number of other territories,” the Russian foreign minister said.
Kyle Anzalone is the opinion editor of Antiwar.com, news editor of the Libertarian Institute, and co-host of Conflicts of Interest.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.
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Why did the comic Zelensky fly off to do a 60 Minutes segment at the height of all this, in April? Many people don’t think that was funny. He left!
They got something on paper, then dude leaves? What is up with a President leaving his country during all this. Was he given his talking points while doing his trolling in the U.S.?
When this started, he was under house arrest, for a short time. They cut him loose, and he leaves to the U.S.?!? Who are his U.S. handlers that he’d renege on the accord signed and split to get his U.S. cliff notes?
Maybe in a cease fire, he’ll rebuild his illegal pharmaceutical labs, counterfeit money operations, pornography servers, and other black market enterprises? If so, then yeah . . . how prophetic.
Zelenski reminds me of Hitler after the fall of Stalingrad only more deluded.
Zielinsky the ‘creepy Hollywood Slime Industry staged Leader’ has been pushed into the eye of Russia/Putin, to paralyze Russia that stands in the way of: ‘America Spreading Democracy(?)-American Values (?)’! China will be next, if the One World Order, Zio-Rothschild ‘Central Banking’ Freaks, will be successful with their Demonic Undertaking in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict! Remember the TRIGGER for all that has been going on for the past 2 decades was/IS, the ‘Controlled Demolition’ of the WTC. Towers and the MURDER of some 3000 innocent Collateral Victims, on ‘9/11/2001’, that the Greatest Crime EVER against America, in our history on our own SOIL is, untouchable by our Congress to Investigate! They investigate everything under the Sun in the past 2 decades, but ‘9/11’ is a NO_NO!! WHY?? That is the Question!!WHY?
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