The foreign minister reports that he is frequently asked by his counterparts how much longer his nation can hold out.
In an interview published on Tuesday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba asserted that a number of Western nations are awaiting Kiev's capitulation and believe their problems will be resolved immediately if it occurs.
"I'm frequently asked during interviews and conversations with other foreign ministers, 'How long will you serve?' In lieu of asking what else could be done to help us defeat Putin as quickly as possible, Kuleba noted that such questions suggest that everyone "is waiting for us to fall and their problems to go away on their own."
The foreign minister went on to suggest that some Western nations are prepared to accept Ukraine's surrender in the ongoing military conflict with Russia and have it cede some of its territory – something Kiev has repeatedly stated it will never agree to.
A week ago, Mikhail Podolyak, an aide to President Zelensky, ruled out the possibility of Kiev's military defeat and stated that Kiev would fight "to the last Russian citizen on Ukrainian territory" with the assistance of Western weapons, which he says will be funneled into the country regardless of cost.
Podolyak also suggested that no one would attempt to negotiate a ceasefire with Russia at the expense of Ukraine due to President Zelensky's reputation for "not permitting such negotiations behind his back."
Zelensky has repeatedly criticized the insistence of certain Western nations on a peaceful resolution of the conflict without taking Kiev's interests into account, stating in June that "everyone wants to push us to a result that is definitely not in our best interests" while pursuing their own financial and political interests.
"Fatigue is increasing, and people desire some sort of outcome for themselves. And we require an outcome for ourselves," the Ukrainian leader stated.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg predicted that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine would ultimately be resolved through negotiations, but he insisted that Kiev must continue to receive military support from the West in order to strengthen its negotiating position.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev's failure to implement the Minsk agreements, which were designed to give Donetsk and Lugansk regions a special status within the Ukrainian state. Germany and France brokered the signing of the protocols in 2014. Since then, former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has admitted that Kiev's primary objective was to use the ceasefire to buy time and "build powerful armed forces."
In February 2022, the Kremlin officially recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine declare itself a neutral state that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev asserts that the Russian offensive was entirely unprovoked.
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