Head of the Presidential Office: Zelensky and His Team Will Never Agree to a War Freeze

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.15 - 2024 8:12 AM CET

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'Zelensky and His Team Will Never Agree to a War Freeze'

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In a recent statement, Andrii Yermak, the head of the Presidential office in Ukraine, firmly declared that the current Ukrainian leadership will not entertain the idea of a "frozen" conflict with Russia.

This stance was made clear following discussions about the Ukrainian Peace Formula in Switzerland, as reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on January 14.

Yermak emphasized the Ukrainian society's rejection of any form of conflict stagnation. "This President and this team of his will never agree or accept any freezing of the conflict. This is unacceptable to Ukrainian society... Ukraine does not need frozen conflicts. Ukraine needs a just peace. And Ukraine wants to prevent any potential aggressions in the future and uses this opportunity" he asserted.

During the discussions, it was noted that the countries supporting Ukraine's ten-point peace plan have varied opinions and suggestions on achieving peace. However, Yermak stressed the importance of adhering to international law and the principles of the UN Charter in these efforts.

The Ukrainian minister reassured that Ukraine's allies are not pressuring Kyiv to relinquish control over the territories currently occupied.

This aligns with the sentiments of the Ukrainian populace, as a poll by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) revealed on December 14 that 74% of Ukrainian citizens oppose territorial concessions.

Oleh Nikolenko, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, had previously warned that ceding territory to Russia could lead to further aggression from Moscow in the future.

The fourth meeting of national security advisors, which focused on the Peace Formula, saw participation from 80 countries and one international organization in Davos, Switzerland, on January 14. The Swiss Foreign Ministry outlined the primary objective of these meetings as establishing principles for a lasting and equitable peace in Ukraine.

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