Zelenskyy to meet Putin only after Ukraine’s victory in major battles, including Donbas – Chief Adviser

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> **Source:** Mykhailo Podoliak, Adviser to the Head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine on air during the national 24/7 newscast > **Quote:** “Whether [we can] just say that in a week or two we will meet at presidential level … No. It will happen as follows. Ukraine is ready for major battles, **Ukraine must win these battles, including the battle over Donbas.** **After that Ukraine will have a more substantial negotiating position to dictate certain terms.** After that, the presidents will meet. **It may take two weeks, it may take three.**” … > “Though, I want everyone to understand: Russia must get rid of its imperial illusions, and Ukraine is the only country in the world that can do that. **It no longer matters how much time we need to accomplish this.** We will do everything to obtain certain, very powerful security guarantees for Ukraine, to close its borders forever from the imperial ambitions of countries like Russia. The President will enter the talks when we have absolutely clear positions for this,” Podoliak stressed. … > “Ukraine is definitely not losing. We have no other way. Everything that has happened – Bucha, the Kyiv region, Kramatorsk, all this has brought us to the point where **we have to put an end to the cannibalistic regime** that is Russia today,” said Podoliak. (bold text in original article)

QuirkyQuarQ

This is definitely a response to the way Putin has been conducting his diplomacy. Zelensky isn’t going to let Putin escalate to de-escalate this time.

mechajlaw

Got to suspect Zelenskyy has been given further assurances re weaponry and systems after meeting the EU and UK, as well as what America are already providing. I know some stuff was announced yesterday, but I think it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

machon89

I would prefer if he met with putin’s successor.

ElderThreadsman

If Russia sees Ukrain as their territory, then Zelenski could run for president of Russia.

pyrilampes