Zelensky arrived in Switzerland after responding to Putin

Zelensky arrived in Switzerland after responding to Putin
Zelensky arrived in Switzerland after responding to Putin

Volodymyr Zelensky on his arrival in Zurich.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday set a de facto surrender of Ukraine as a condition for talks. Ukraine, the United States and NATO immediately rejected these conditions from the Kremlin master.

“These messages are ultimatum messages. Hitler did the same thing, when he said “Give me a part of Czechoslovakia and we’ll leave it there”, but no, those are lies,” commented Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with the Italian news channel SkyTG24. At the end of the afternoon, he announced that he had arrived in Switzerland for the summit on peace in Ukraine.

The Russian president, whose army has for several months regained the initiative on the front against Ukrainian forces lacking men and ammunition, has demanded that kyiv renounce joining NATO and withdraw from the Donetsk regions , Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia which Russia already partially occupies and claims to annex in addition to Crimea.

This would be a surrender of Ukraine

Fulfilling these conditions would constitute a de facto surrender of Ukraine, the objective of which is to restore its territorial integrity and sovereignty within internationally recognized borders. Although the Russian army has the initiative on the front, it has suffered considerable losses there for two years and is unable to gain a decisive advantage.

The Kremlin proclaimed in September 2022 the annexation of four regions in eastern and southern Ukraine, in addition to that of Crimea in 2014.

Mykhaïlo Podoliak, adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, insisted that Russian demands “clash with common sense” and constitute “an offense against international law”. The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced “manipulative statements”, and estimated that Vladimir Putin had made these remarks on the eve of the summit in Switzerland because “Russia is afraid of real peace”.

Putin in no position to dictate anything

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, whose country is kyiv’s main military and financial backer, said Putin was “not in a position to dictate to Ukraine what it must do to achieve peace.” “.

Finally, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg considered that the Russian leader was not acting in “good faith”.

The head of Russian diplomacy went there with his pique, saying that those who “have ears will hear Putin and those who have a brain will understand him.” “But I am not sure that these organs of the human body function properly » in the West, Sergei Lavrov said on Russian television.

Vladimir Putin also denounced the decision of the G7 on Thursday to guarantee a loan of 50 billion dollars to Ukraine with the future interests of Russian assets frozen since the start of the Russian offensive “Even if we embellish things, the theft is remains of the theft and it will not go unpunished,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for the pure and simple confiscation of the 300 billion euros in assets of the Russian central bank frozen by the West for two years, which they refuse for legal reasons.

Ukraine still resists

On the ground, Ukrainian forces continue to resist multiple assaults, particularly in the east of the country, where Moscow has been gaining ground since the start of the year. “Almost daily, we repel two or three attacks,” Maxime, commander of a company of tankers in the 59th brigade fighting in the Pokrovsk zone, told AFP this week.

“There was a clear increase in the number of enemy soldiers and they brought armored vehicles as well as long-range artillery,” added the 38-year-old soldier.

Finally, Ukraine continues to be forced to ration electricity, its energy infrastructure having been ravaged by Russian strikes.

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