While his country is still celebrating what he described as the “victory” obtained over the Russian forces that withdrew yesterday from the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced that “the war continues. “.
He said during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Cambodia, today, Saturday, “I understand that everyone wants the battles to end as soon as possible … And surely it is we who want it more than any other party, but the war will continue”.
Don’t look for the pace
He also pointed out that there are no indications of Russia’s desire to seek the pacewhereas Russian officials are expected to tackle all negotiations in good faith.
As for the possibility of his meeting with the Russian side during the summit, he explained that his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, did not ask for a meeting with him.
Furthermore, Kuleba urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take all possible measures to ensure that Moscow does not resort to starvation tactics regarding Ukrainian grain shipments to the world market.
On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had completed the withdrawal of its forces from Kherson and their retreat to the west bank of the Dnipro River, noting that it had not suffered any loss of life or equipment during the withdrawal.
Interestingly, this withdrawal has dealt a severe blow and has shown a serious setback for the Russian military, especially as it is the first major Ukrainian city to fall into its hands since the outbreak of the conflict on February 24.
It also forms, together with Donetsk, Lugansk and Zaporizhia, the four regions whose annexation the Kremlin announced at the end of September (2022).
In addition, its geographical location is of particular importance, as the region lies on the borders of the Dnipro-Petrovsk and Nikolaev regions and has a land border with Crimea to the south, while facing the Black Sea to the southwest and in southeast from the Sea of Azov.
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