The foreign minister of Ukraine claims that some of his counterparts frequently query him as to how much longer his nation could hold out. It seems western countries are waiting for the fall of Ukraine.
According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, a number of Western nations are anticipating Kiev’s capitulation and believe their issues will be instantly resolved when it does.
“I often get asked in interviews and while speaking to other foreign ministers: how long will you last? That’s instead of asking what else could be done to help us defeat Putin in the shortest time possible,” Kuleba said, noting that such questions suggest that everyone “is waiting for us to fall and for their problems to disappear on their own.”
The foreign minister continued by implying that certain Western nations seem to be willing to accept Ukraine’s surrender in the currently underway military confrontation with Russia and have it agree to give up some of its territories—something Kiev has recurrently asserted it would never consent to.
President Zelensky’s aide Mikhail Podolyak said last week that Kiev would fight “to the last Russian citizen in Ukrainian territory” with the backing of Western weaponry that he claims will be brought into the nation at whatever cost, ruling out the possibility of Kiev’s defeat at the battle.
Podolyak further claimed that nobody would attempt to negotiate a truce with Russia at the detriment of Ukraine, citing President Zelensky’s reputation for “not allowing any such talks behind his back.”
In June, Zelensky said that “everyone wants to push us to some result, definitely not desirable for us” whilst also continuing to pursue their own financial and political interests. Zelensky has repeatedly criticized the insistence of some Western nations on a peaceful resolution to the conflict without taking Kiev’s interests into account.
“Fatigue is growing, people want some kind of result for themselves. And we need a result for us,” the Ukrainian leader stated.
However, he maintained that Kiev must continue to receive military assistance from the West to strengthen its bargaining position. In the meantime, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg forecasted that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine would finally come to a negotiated resolution.
On February 24, Russia dispatched soldiers into Ukraine, blaming Kiev for failing to carry out the Minsk agreements, which were meant to grant the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols were initially signed in 2014 and were mediated by Germany and France. Pyotr Poroshenko, the former leader of Ukraine, has now acknowledged that Kiev’s primary objective was to exploit the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
The Donbass republics were acknowledged as independent states by the Kremlin in February 2022, and Kiev was forced to formally announce its neutrality and its refusal to ever join any military alliance with the West. Kiev maintains that there was no basis for the Russian operation.