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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Ukraine’s ambassador on Moscow’s new strategy: ‘We can always count on Russia’s lies’

The Ukrainian ambassador to the United States said on Sunday that Ukraine is ready to negotiate a peace deal with Russia, but the country will stand its ground when it comes to granting territory to Vladimir Putin.

When Oksana Markova Appeared on Nation World News’s “State of the Union”, Host Dana Bash said Russian military officials are indicating a possible change in strategy. According to Moscow, an invasion meant to capture Kyiv, once the capital of Ukraine, was shifted to focus on the separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Crimea and Donbass.

“First of all, we can always rely on Russia’s lies,” Markova said. “They lied before the war that they would not start a war. They lied in 2014 that they did not attack us when they illegally occupied Crimea and Donetsk and Luhansk. And they did not attack us for the last 33 days. While lying about not attacking civilians, besieging Mariupol and killing people there, not kidnapping people and taking them to Russia.

“I think the signal we hear from Russia comes simply from the fact that they weren’t able to do anything they had planned to achieve – either blitzkrieg, capture Kyiv,” he said. said.

Bash asked the ambassador if there were any circumstances under which Ukraine would leave regions such as Crimea or the Donbass to reach a peace deal with Russia – a possibility that President Volodymyr Zelensky has so far ruled out. NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked Markarova asked similar questions on Sunday.

“I don’t think we should ask Ukraine what we are ready to give. We are fighting for our country,” Markarova told Nation World News. “The territorial integrity and sovereignty of any country, not only in the state of the state Is contained” [the United Nations]But it must be rooted in every heart and mind of anyone who believes in democracy.”

The ambassador made some historical references to the country’s resistance to giving up the land.

“So, after this brutal invasion, we’re definitely ready to negotiate. And we’re negotiating humanitarian corridors. And we’re ready to negotiate a peace deal, but in the peace deal they have to give our territory. Leaving, it should all be included,” she said. “And no, we are not ready to give up some of our people or some of our territories and leave it occupied. Because occupation, as we see it now, as we saw in 1932 during the Holodomor, as we saw in the past when Russia occupied us – for Ukrainians occupation means extermination.

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