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Zelensky rejects the idea of a “short-term truce” with Russia
‘Russia needs time to regain strength’: Russian President Zelensky rejects idea of ’short-term ceasefire’ Such a person will make the situation worse, he said. More on Live Ticker.
DUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected the idea of a “short-term ceasefire” with Russia, arguing that it would only make matters worse. “Russia now wants a brief ceasefire, a respite to regain strength,” the president said in a speech broadcast on Friday (local time) at the International Security Forum in Halifax, Canada.
Such a respite would not end the war but would worsen the situation, he said. “A (…) real, lasting and honest peace can only come with the complete destruction of Russian aggression,” Zelensky added.
The White House on Friday reiterated that only the Ukrainian head of state can decide whether to open talks between Ukraine and Russia, dismissing suspicions that the United States is putting pressure on Kyiv in this regard.
US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley has said twice that the ongoing Ukrainian recapture could provide an opportunity to begin negotiations for a political solution to the conflict.
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05:05 – McKeev talks about Russia’s genocidal war
Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Oleksii Makeiev, refers to the recent “genocidal” war in Russia in connection with the winter in Ukraine. “They are targeting civilian objects, civilian infrastructure and millions of Ukrainians today are without electricity, without heat, without water,” Makeaev said in an interview with RTL/ntv. “We need additional support from our partners so that this infrastructure can be renewed and quickly restored. This depends on whether Ukrainians do not freeze and semi-normal life returns.”
11:25 pm – Moscow condemns execution by Ukrainian soldiers
Russia has condemned videos circulating on social media of alleged executions of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces. Moscow said the footage was taken in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, which Russia has declared an illegal annexation and is almost entirely under Russian control.
“We call on international organizations to condemn this heinous crime and conduct a thorough investigation,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday. Russia’s Human Rights Council said it had sent the videos to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International and other international organizations.
Matilda Bogner, head of the UN human rights group in Ukraine, said on Tuesday that her mission had investigated the torture of prisoners on both sides of the conflict. “We have received credible allegations of summary executions of non-combatants and numerous cases of alleged torture and ill-treatment by members of the Ukrainian armed forces,” Bogner said.
11:15 pm – Zelenskyy: Fierce fighting continues in Donetsk
President Volodymyr Zelensky said heavy fighting was continuing between Russian and Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. “There is no rest or pause for breath,” Zelensky said in his daily video address. About 100 Russian attacks were repulsed in the Donetsk region the previous day.
Ukrainian troops will be supported by border guard units in Kharkiv and Sumy. A National Guard unit fights in Bagmut. “We will not surrender to the enemy on any front,” Zelensky said. “We operate everywhere, and we hold our positions everywhere.”
Despite heavy fighting in the Donbass coal and steel region in eastern Ukraine, military situation reports from both sides say the frontline is currently unchanged. In the nearly nine months since the Russian invasion on February 24, Russian forces have made little ground gain.
11:06 pm – Klitschko: Ukraine’s future as part of the European family
On the German Day of the Young Union, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko emphasized his country’s intended EU membership. “We see our future as part of the European family,” Klitschko said in a video message recorded at the event in Fulda. At the same time, he declared: “This is not a war, this is genocide.” Russia is trying to cut off water and electricity supplies to the Ukrainian people. More than one and a half million residents of Kiev. And more than ten million people across the country are already without electricity. “Putin wants a Ukraine without Ukrainians.” The situation becomes more complicated when winter comes with temperatures of minus 20 degrees Celsius.
People still wanted to stay in Ukraine. “This is our home, these are our cities, our families, our children,” Klitschko said. “Our common goal is to bring peace back to Europe.” This requires defensive weapons. One defends not only Ukraine, but also common values. Klitschko concluded with these words: “Together we are many times stronger. Support for Ukraine is the key to peace in Europe.
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