Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that the situation on the front lines in the Donbass region was “difficult and painful” and required all of his country’s “strength and focus”.
“First of all, the situation on the front lines. Bakhmut, Krymina and other regions of Donbass, which require maximum strength and concentration,” Zelensky added in his videotaped nightly speech.
He continued, “The situation there is difficult and painful. The occupiers are deploying all the resources available to them, which are great resources, to make some progress.”
Zelensky also mentioned that power outages are still ongoing, affecting about 9 million residents.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Lavrov: Ukraine must implement Russia’s proposals, otherwise the decision will be up to our army
Simultaneously, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that Moscow’s proposals regarding “disarmament” and “elimination of Nazism” in Ukraine are well known to Kiev, and it is up to the Ukrainian authorities to fulfill them, otherwise the Russian army will decide on these issues.
The official Russian news agency quoted Lavrov as saying, “Our proposals for disarming and getting rid of Nazism in the territories that
Controlled by the regime and the elimination of threats to Russia’s security emanating from there, including our new territories, known to the enemy.
The Russian minister added: “The matter is simple: implement it for your own good, otherwise the Russian army will decide the matter.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (Reuters)
Ukrainian Foreign Minister: We seek a peace summit at the end of February
This he stated Ukrainian Foreign MinisterMonday, that his government aims to hold a peace summit by the end of next February, preferably at the United Nations in the presence of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as a potential mediator, as the anniversary of the start of the Russian war on his country approaches.
Dmytro Kuleba told the Associated Press that he was “completely satisfied” with the results of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Washington last week, and revealed that the US government had drawn up a special plan to prepare a Patriot missile battery for operation in his country in less than six months.
Kuleba also mentioned during the interview, which took place at the Foreign Ministry headquarters, that Ukraine will do everything in its power to win the war in 2023, adding that diplomacy always plays an important role.
He said, “Every war ends in a diplomatic way. Every war ends as a result of actions taken on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.”
In response to a question about whether Moscow would be invited to attend the supposed peace summit, he said war crimes trials must first be held in an international court.
Once again, the foreign minister downplayed the importance of the Russian authorities’ statements that they were ready for negotiations.
He commented, “They always say they are ready for negotiations, and this is not true. Everything they do on the battlefield proves the opposite.”