Ukraine is dedicated to diplomacy however ‘not afraid of anybody,’ President Zelenskyy says in TV handle
Ukrainian servicemen are seen outdoors of Svitlodarsk, Ukraine on February 21, 2022.
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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated in a televised handle early Tuesday morning native time that his authorities will not react to provocation from Russia, however added that “we won’t give something to anybody.”
“We’re devoted to diplomatic technique of fixing this problem. We’re not reacting to any provocations,” Zelenskyy stated within the broadcast, after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered forces into eastern Ukraine.
“That is our alternative. We’re on our land. We’re not afraid of anybody and everybody,” he stated, in response to a transcript by NBC Information.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday night introduced he would recognize the independence of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine. Putin issued a decree calling for forces to enter Donetsk and Luhansk — it stays unclear what that mission entails.
U.S. President Joe Biden signed an govt order prohibiting new funding, commerce and financing by U.S. individuals to, from, or within the so-called Donetsk Folks’s Republic and Luhansk Folks’s Republic areas. European leaders called Putin’s announcement a “blatant violation of worldwide regulation.”
“We do not owe something to anybody, and we won’t give something to anybody,” Zelenskyy stated.
The Ukrainian president referred to as Moscow’s motion “a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and urged its allies to offer assist.
“We have to see who’re our buddies and companions, and who continues to frighten the Russia Federation with simply phrases,” he stated. “We’re devoted to diplomatic technique of fixing this problem.”
Zelenskyy stated Ukraine is not the identical nation it was eight years in the past, when Russia illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine, triggering battle within the Donetsk and Luhansk areas which continues to today.
“It isn’t February of 2014. It is February of 2022,” he stated.
“It is a totally different nation. It is a totally different military, [but] the identical objective is peace.”
According to NBC News, along with Ukraine’s standing navy that is greater than 200,000-strong, the nation may also mobilize some 300,000 troopers — and 130,000 of them would type new territorial protection battalions.
Greater than half of Ukrainians would battle if Russia invades, in response to a December survey by the Kyiv Worldwide Institute of Sociology, NBC reported.
— CNBC’s Amanda Macias contributed to this report.