KYIV: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denied on Saturday (Nov 3) that Ukraine’s conflict with Russia had reached a “stalemate”, pushing again at solutions Western leaders had been lobbying for peace talks.
The sprawling frontline between the 2 warring sides has barely moved in nearly a yr, with one senior Ukrainian official warning this week that the battle was deadlocked.
The Ukrainian chief additionally rejected the concept Western international locations had been placing strain on him to enter negotiations with Russia, amid stories US and EU officers had spoken to Kyiv about what such talks would entail.
“Nobody amongst our companions is pressuring us to sit down down with Russia, speak to it, and provides it one thing,” he stated.
With the conflict now in its twentieth month and Ukraine struggling to realize floor in its counteroffensive, Zelenskyy has routinely met Western leaders in a bid to stave off fatigue from the battle.
Zelenskyy stated the war between Israel and Hamas had additionally drawn consideration away from Ukraine, and stated that this was “Russia’s objective”.
“After all, it is clear that the conflict within the Center East, this battle, is taking away the main target,” Zelenskyy stated.
“We now have already been in very troublesome conditions when there was nearly no deal with Ukraine,” he stated, however added: “I’m completely certain we’ll overcome this problem.”
Ukraine’s backers, together with the United States, have maintained they are ready to support Kyiv with military and financial support for so long as it takes to defeat Russia.