Zelensky sets deadline for Russian-Ukrainian conflict – media – RT World News


Addressing G7 leaders, the president reportedly insisted the war must end by winter and called for tougher sanctions on Moscow.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has insisted that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine must be over by the end of the year. Speaking to G7 leaders on Monday, Zelensky also called for tougher sanctions against Moscow, according to Reuters, citing two European diplomats.

Speaking to the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States via video link, Zelensky reportedly said Ukrainian troops would have much more struggling to fight Russian forces once harsh winter conditions set in, urging the G7 to do everything possible to end the conflict by the end of the year, while calling for air defense systems , as well as security guarantees.

Zelensky also argued for tougher sanctions against Russia, insisting it is necessary « don’t lower the pressure » and continue to impose “heavy” punitive measures.

According to Jake Sullivan – national security adviser to US President Joe Biden – Zelensky intends to get the better of Russia as quickly as possible. “He was very focused on trying to ensure that Ukraine was in as advantageous a position as possible on the battlefield in the next few months compared to the next few years, because he believes that a bitter conflict is not not in the interests of the Ukrainian people. », Sullivan was quoted as saying by CNN.

As the Ukraine conflict dominates the agenda of the three-day G7 summit in the Bavarian Alps, a draft statement seen by Bloomberg says major world economies will soon announce indefinite support for kyiv in its fight against Moscow.

« We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and to support Ukraine for as long as necessary, » he added. a draft of the leaders’ statement was read.

The United States reportedly intends to deliver a new batch of advanced weapons to kyiv, and G7 leaders also reportedly agreed to keep economic pressure on Russia amid the ongoing offensive in Ukraine.

The governments of the United Kingdom, United States, Japan and Canada announced earlier that they planned to introduce a ban on the import of Russian gold. The United States, which first floated the idea, claimed it would starve Moscow of around $19 billion in annual revenue, but Germany held back the measure at the G7 summit, arguing it should first be discussed with the EU.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

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