The US president: “I will not tell Kiev what to do”. Zelensky: “We will win”. Stoltenberg: “Long War”
“Nothing about Ukraine, without Ukraine. It’s their territory. I won’t tell them what to do and what not to do.” This was stated by the American president, Joe Biden, in Rehoboth, Delaware, underlining that only Kiev can decide whether or not to give up part of its territory to reach peace with Moscow and put an end to the war that began 100 days ago. At some point, it “seems” that there will have to be an “agreement” between Russia and Ukraine. “What it will entail, I cannot say,” Biden concluded.
“We have been defending Ukraine for a hundred days. Victory will be ours,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video message released on the 100th day of Russia’s military aggression. Flanked by Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak, among others, Zelensky said his army would repel the Russian invasion.
The war that will be long and exhausting according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who spoke about the conflict in Ukraine at the end of an interview with American President Biden. “We have to be prepared for the long haul,” he told reporters, adding that “what we see is that this war has now become a war of attrition.” The Ukrainians, Stoltenberg added, are “paying a high price. for defending their country on the battlefield, but we see that Russia is also taking a lot of losses. “
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While reiterating that NATO does not want to enter into a direct confrontation with Russia, Stoltenberg said that the Western military alliance has the “responsibility” of supporting Ukraine. ” Most wars, and even this one at some point, end up at the negotiating table. But what we do know is that what is happening around the negotiating table is closely linked to the situation on the ground, on the battlefield, “he added.
FRENCH VOLUNTEER KILLED
A French volunteer working in Ukraine was killed in the fighting. This was announced by the foreign ministry of Paris.
Two Reuters reporters were injured near Severdonetsk. The driver of the car they were traveling in died. This was reported by the correspondent of RT Igor Zhdanov according to the Russian news agency ‘Tass’ which speaks of “bombing by the Ukrainian armed forces near Severdonetsk”. “The escort driver died on the spot, the journalists were hospitalized,” Zhdanov explained on Telegram.
A Reuters source later confirmed to Tass that two reporters from the agency were injured and reportedly at Rubezhne hospital.