Negotiations with the Russian side are possible only on condition of several important tactical defeats of Russia. Therefore, the task of Europe is to provide military and financial support to Ukraine, so that our country can win this war. Mykhailo Podolyak, Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, stated this in an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro.
"Unfortunately, it is impossible to come to an agreement with Russia today. Russia will definitely refuse or try to deceive the parties to the agreement. It is making full use of its expansionist capabilities and wants to impose the status quo, which is unacceptable for Ukraine. Therefore, it is necessary to understand that the negotiation process with Russia is possible only on the condition of several important tactical defeats", Mykhailo Podolyak noted.
According to him, currently the Russian Federation is not able to capture more Ukrainian territories, so it simultaneously conducts numerous strikes at the civil infrastructure of our country.
"Russia uses a strategy of terrorist attacks, deliberately striking places where only civilians are present. Their goal is to demoralize and sow panic among the population so that it puts pressure on the government and demands an immediate peace treaty under any conditions. But Ukraine is now extremely mobilized, and the population understands that the sacrifices it is making today are necessary for victory over Russia," Mykhailo Podolyak emphasized.
He noted that there are currently no contacts between Ukraine and Russia at the military-political level. But there is a dialogue regarding the humanitarian component: the exchange of prisoners, the bodies of fallen soldiers, regarding humanitarian corridors, as well as negotiations through intermediaries regarding the export of grain.
The Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine emphasized: Ukraine seeks victory and the liberation of all our territories.
"This is a condition for the survival of the Ukrainian nation. Putin has repeatedly said that his goal is not just to seize a certain territory, but to completely seize Ukraine with the destruction of the current essence of the Ukrainian state," noted Mykhailo Podolyak.
According to him, world leaders should understand that this war is a war of democracy against authoritarianism. And if Russia wins, it will dominate Europe, and will also try to encroach on other countries, such as Poland, the Baltic states, Moldova.
"I also tell our partners: if Russia wins, it will go unpunished for its terrible war crimes, which the whole world has now seen," added the Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President.
On the other hand, victory over Russia will ensure a peaceful future for Europe and countries in other parts of the world - without energy, migrant or food blackmail and without the threat of a new armed conflict, Mykhailo Podolyak emphasized.
"Ukrainians are ready to die for freedom, and they are dying for it. Europe's task is simply to support us. Give us weapons, give us financial help, let us win this war! We are ready to give our blood so that people remain free, so that the European Union remains free. Today, the historical configuration of the European community for the next fifty to one hundred years is being determined," summarized the Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President.