Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has ruled out any territorial concessions to Russia as part of a potential peace deal, insisting that Kiev must press onward with its faltering offensive, regardless of the weather.
In an interview with CBS News released on Sunday, when asked whether Ukraine would cede any land to Moscow for peace, Zelensky said: “No. This is our territory.”
He would not, however, say whether this applies to Crimea, which overwhelmingly voted to join Russia in a referendum in 2014 following the Western-backed Maidan coup in Kiev. Neither Ukraine nor its Western backers have recognized the results of the vote.
Zelensky also acknowledged that Kiev’s much-hyped counteroffensive, which has been underway for more than three months, “is not very fast.” Nevertheless, he said Ukraine would continue on regardless of the weather.
“We need to liberate our territory as much as possible and move forward, even if it’s less than [half a mile or] a hundred [yards]…We can’t lose time. Forget about the weather, and the like,” he stated, adding that even if the ground troops are unable to move, Ukraine will double down on drone attacks.
Zelensky’s comments come on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report saying Ukraine’s troops are about to face not only Russian troops in well-fortified defenses, but also rain and freezing cold which can undermine logistics, overall maneuverability, and eliminate any chances for a breakthrough .
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