Zelenskyi ruled out a brief ceasefire with Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ruled out agreeing to a short-term ceasefire with Russia, saying it would only worsen the situation, while British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv yesterday and announced the deployment of an air defense package Ukraine.
Zelenskyi said: “Russia is now looking for a brief ceasefire and respite to restore its strength. This can be considered the end of the war, but such a deadline will only aggravate the situation.
He added: “A truly genuine, lasting and genuine peace can only be achieved through the complete destruction of Russian aggression.”
Zelenskyy confirmed that within 24 hours Ukrainian forces repelled about 100 attacks in the Donetsk region in the east of the country, while the intensity of the fighting continued, adding that the very fierce fighting in the Donetsk region is ongoing and it is in the Region no lessening intensity of fighting.
The Ukrainian president called for new sanctions from the West in the face of increasing Russian missile attacks on Ukraine, and Zelenskyy accused Moscow of violating the final declaration of the G-20 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali in many cases, which also included Russia-backed points.
He pointed out that the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and the area around the Black Sea port of Odessa and more than 12 other regions are suffering from power shortages following the relentless Russian attacks on energy infrastructure, according to an announcement by Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmyhal The Russian attacks on infrastructure disrupted half of the country’s energy system and, in a joint news conference in Kyiv with European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, called on the European Union to provide more support in the face of the situation, particularly to purchase additional volumes of gas.
With the onset of winter, many Ukrainians will experience major or complete power outages at the time of the first snowfall in the country last Thursday. Millions of Ukrainians were left without electricity.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also paid a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital yesterday to hold talks with Zelenskyy.
Sunak announced Britain would provide Ukraine with a 50 million pound ($59.4 million) air defense package, including anti-aircraft weapons and anti-drone technology, while increasing humanitarian aid to face the harsh winter ahead .
Zelenskyy released a video recording of the meeting with Sunak and said in a post on the Telegram app: “Together we are stronger and we will achieve the desired results.”
The video clip showed Zelenskyy receiving Sunak, while Sunak said on social media site Twitter that “Britain knows what it means to fight for freedom. We are with you all the way.”
The British Prime Minister said his country will continue to support Kyiv in its war with Russia until peace is reached, adding: “I am here to say that the UK will continue to support you. We will stand by your side until Ukraine achieves the peace and security it needs and deserves.”
In a similar vein, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister General Volodymyr Havrilov expressed optimism about the arrival of his country’s armed forces in Crimea by the end of December and the possibility of ending the war in Ukraine by the first half of next 2023.
In an interview with British TV channel Sky News yesterday, Havrilov said: “My feeling is that this war will end by the end of spring.” It is not excluded that the Ukrainian army will advance to Crimea by the end of this year. Moscow annexed this island to the Russian Federation in 2014.
Havrilov considered it possible that from a military point of view the war would drag on for some time and emphasized that the recovery of more territories was only a matter of time.
A Ukrainian official expects the war to end by the end of the first half of 2023.
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