“It’s not a stalemate. Russia controls the sky. We protect our soldiers. Nobody wants to simply throw away, throw away your people like meat, as Russia is doing,” Zelenskyy said in response to the recent statement by the head of the Ukrainian General Staff, Valery Zaluzhny, who warned in The Economist magazine that the war in Ukraine is entering a new phase of positional battles. which are beneficial for Russia.
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According to Zelensky, it is necessary to wait for Ukraine to be able to use F-16 aircraft “when the guys learn it on them”. According to him, when anti-aircraft defense is available on the front, Ukrainian soldiers advance.
Zelensky also said that Ukraine cannot give up Crimea. “Are we supposed to give up a third of our state? That would be just the beginning,” he warned, according to the Ukrainska Pravda portal.
Zelenskyi denied the reports of the American television NBC, according to which the Western allies opened the topic of possible negotiations with Russia with the Ukrainians. “Today, no one from the leadership of the EU or the United States is pressuring me,” Zelenskyy said, adding that Ukraine used to be in such a situation before and after Russia’s full-scale invasion. “There will be no such thing as us sitting down with Russia, dealing with it and handing something over to it,” he emphasized.
But he admitted that the conflict in the Middle East, where Israel has been fighting in the Gaza Strip against the militant Palestinian movement Hamas for almost a month, is diverting attention from the war in Ukraine.
Von der Leyen arrived in Kyiv shortly before the European Commission publishes a report on Ukraine’s progress in meeting the economic, legal and other criteria that are a condition for the accession negotiations to move forward. Based on this report, the EU will decide in December whether to start accession negotiations with Ukraine.
The DPA agency writes that the head of the EC praised Ukraine’s progress. “You are waging an existential war and at the same time deeply reforming the country,” said von der Leyen. She highlighted the reform of the judiciary, limiting the influence of oligarchs and the fight against money laundering. Von der Leyen is in Kiev for the sixth time since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
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