The terms of the end of the war depend on the international sanctions pressure on the aggressor state and the supply of necessary weapons to Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized this during a conversation with media representatives following the negotiations with Prime Minister of Ireland Micheál Martin in Kyiv.
The Head of State noted that "an open terrorist action by the Russian Federation, which is difficult to even call a war" continues in Ukraine. The President recalled the atrocities committed by the Russian military against the civilian population on the territory of our country.
Answering a question about how long the war will last, Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that it depends on when Russia realizes what it has done and begins to leave the territory of Ukraine.
"It's a humane moment, and I don't really believe they can realize it on their own. Therefore, the second factor is how the whole world puts pressure on Russia and drives them out of our land. We must do that on the battlefield with weapons, and the whole world must do that with sanctions, politically, with aid and quick supply of weapons, strengthening us and doing it together," he said.
The President emphasized that the Russian Federation must start thinking about peace. For this, it is necessary to continue strong sanctions pressure.
"Unfortunately, there are still some allies who help the Russian Federation or its business," the Head of State noted.
In addition, as Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized, the security situation in Ukraine is important. In particular, our state needs reliable protection against Russian missile strikes.
"No matter how the war unfolds on the battlefield, the priority is still the safety of the sky. We all expect and have confirmation, so far theoretical, yet we count on the delivery of powerful air defense systems in Ukraine. This is important because it will allow women and children to return home," the President is convinced.
According to him, the list of necessary weapons and air defense systems has been prepared and handed over to Ukraine's partners.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy added that the terms of the end of the war also depend on the citizens of Ukraine – their support for the Armed Forces and the domestic economy.