Ukraine says war with Russia will only end ‘when Ukraine wins’

Feeling a growing support from Southeast Asian countries in its fight against Russia, Ukrainian’s top diplomat has said his country’s war with Russia will only end “when Ukraine wins.”
In an exclusive interview with Manila Bulletin, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine was not giving itself a deadline on when its military confrontation with Russia will end because the government will fight until they “prevail” and “expel the invaders.”
“We will fight until we liberate our country from the aggressor who invaded us and who killed, who committed atrocities against our people,” Kuleba said in a sit down interview after a series of meetings with foreign counterparts at the sidelines of the 40th and 41st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits and Related Summits here.
After liberating some territories of Ukraine that Russia previously occupied, Kuleba said they found three things: destroyed houses and civilian infrastructure, torture rooms and mass graves with civilians tied behind their backs

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Residents took to the streets of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson to celebrate Russia’s withdrawal, one of the most important military achievements by Kyiv’s forces since Moscow invaded nearly nine months ago.

“So, this just speaks for the atrocious nature of the Russian behavior in Ukraine. But we will cope with it and we will regain our territories and we will win,” he added.
The foreign minister flew to the Cambodian capital to sign, among other tasks, the Instrument of Accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC)—a peace treaty that seeks mutual respect for the independence, sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity and national identity of all nations.
The signing happened on Nov. 12. But video remarks from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy regarding the event were not allowed.

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Talks are a distant prospect, experts warn, as the battlefield reality and winter will dictate both sides’ strategic calculus.

This past week, Ukrainian and Russian officials have made several public statements in an apparent willingness to re-engage in dialogue, blaming one another for stalling a possible negotiated solution after nearly nine months of fighting.

Still, Kuleba believed that the consensus reached by the 10-member bloc to let Ukraine accede to the treaty only showed an “open message of support from ASEAN countries to Ukraine” in its war with Russia.
“It became possible because all ASEAN members supported this decision by consensus… It means that ASEAN is looking for the ways how to support Ukraine under these circumstances,” he said.

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Treaty with ASEAN is largely symbolic but comes as Kyiv seeks more international support and the isolation of Russia on the world stage.

Ukraine has signed a peace treaty with nations in Southeast Asia, a largely symbolic act that comes as Kyiv seeks to shore up international support and further isolate Russia on the world stage.

Seeking strengthened relations with the regional bloc, Kuleba believed ASEAN could help Ukraine in the settlement of conflict “in the provision of humanitarian aid or the voting of your countries in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) or making political statements.”
The foreign minister is counting on the Philippines, with which Ukraine is planning to boost diplomatic relations, in the settlement of the conflict by “securing” its support for Ukraine during voting in the UNGA and other bodies.


By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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