Kuleba said that Ukraine will win the war with Russia, Nebenzja blamed the West for inciting the conflict

Kuleba said countries that now say Ukraine should negotiate with Russia and end the war are either "ill-informed" or not following events since 2014, when Russia took Crimea and backed an armed rebellion in eastern Ukraine. He reminded that Ukraine and Russia held about 200 rounds of negotiations and concluded 20 agreements on ceasefire

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Kuleba, Photo: Reuters
Kuleba, Photo: Reuters
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at the United Nations (UN) to those who do not believe that Kiev can win a war with Russia that they will be proven wrong.

Kuleba, who spoke at the UN General Assembly late yesterday on the eve of the second anniversary of the start of the Russian invasion of his country, called on the countries of the world to stand by Ukraine, stressing that victory will come, as he pointed out, "sooner and not later" if they do so.

Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, fired back by repeating Moscow's claim that it did not start the conflict.

He blamed the West for fomenting the conflict and accused Ukraine of being a tool in the West's geopolitical ambitions, and vowed that Russia's "special military operation" would not end until its goals were achieved.

Those goals, announced on February 24, 2022, the day Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine, include demilitarizing Ukraine and ensuring it has neutral status.

The meetings of the Security Council (SB) and the UN General Assembly were held yesterday and numerous European foreign ministers came to New York to attend those meetings, including the British David Cameron, the French Stefana Sezurna, the German Minister Analena Berbock, as well as the Polish Ministers Radoslav Šikorski and Switzerland's Ignacio Cassis.

"We have gathered today to reaffirm our solidarity with the Ukrainian people, to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives to defend the freedom and independence of Ukraine," reads the joint statement of about 50 of its allies, which was read by Kuleba surrounded by ten ministers before the meeting of the General Assembly. and a diplomat.

In his address to the UN General Assembly, with 193 members, Kuleba reminded that more than 140 countries supported resolutions in support of Ukraine calling for the withdrawal of Russian forces. But, he said, "Moscow's goal is to destroy Ukraine and they say it very openly."

Kuleba said countries now saying Ukraine should negotiate with Russia and end the war are either "ill-informed" or not following events since 2014, when Russia seized Crimea and backed an armed rebellion in eastern Ukraine. He recalled that Ukraine and Russia held about 200 rounds of negotiations and concluded 20 agreements on a ceasefire.

"All those peace efforts ended two years ago when Russia destroyed the Minsk process and launched its full-scale invasion. Why would anyone suggest today that following the same logic would lead us to a different result," Kuleba said.

He said that the ten-point plan of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky is the only serious peace proposal on the table and called on other countries to support it.

The plan calls for the expulsion of Russian forces, the establishment of a special tribunal to try alleged Russian war crimes, and the organization of a Euro-Atlantic security system with guarantees for Ukraine.

Unlike last year, yesterday was not marked by a vote, which is connected to the context in which the war between Israel and Hamas is at the center of diplomatic battles in the UN. In February 2023, the UN General Assembly again demanded the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, when an overwhelming majority of 141 countries voted in favor of a resolution that also called for a "just and lasting peace".

Russian Ambassador Nebenzja criticized Zelenski's plan.

"It is nothing but an ultimatum to Russia and an attempt to attract as many countries as possible to endless meetings about that utopian project at any possible cost," said Nebenzja.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said at a meeting of the Security Council that the Russian invasion of Ukraine violates the UN Charter and international law and that two years after its beginning, the war in Ukraine remains "an open wound in the heart of Europe".

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