Zelensky Disputes Top General Zaluzhnyi: Is Ukraine Stalled or Advancing

President Zelensky Refutes Zaluzhnyi’s Claim of Stalemate in Ukraine Conflict, Asserts Surrender is Off the Table.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has countered assertions suggesting a standstill in the conflict with Russia, emphasizing that surrender is not under consideration. His statements, reported by Meduza, respond to recent remarks by Valery Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces.

Zelensky Highlights Progress Through Training and Equipment

Zelensky underscored that while Russia holds air supremacy, Ukraine is staunchly safeguarding its troops. “Nobody wants to casually sacrifice individuals as though they were expendable, which is Russia’s approach,” the President was quoted by Meduza. He further stressed that advancements can be made once Ukrainian forces are adequately trained and equipped. Zelensky recalled skepticism in 2022 regarding the potential stalemate of the Ukrainian military, which was later debunked by strategic moves, including the liberation of the Kharkiv region.

Unyielding Stance: No Concessions

Zelensky clarified, as per Meduza’s coverage, that capitulation is not an alternative and Ukraine is unyielding in its resolve to protect its territorial integrity. He highlighted the urgency to amplify collaborations with allies in air defense and to facilitate offensive maneuvers.

Zelensky Denies External Pressure for Negotiations

Concluding his remarks, Zelensky asserted that he has not been coerced by Western nations, including the EU and the US, to engage in dialogues with Russia. The president affirmed that there is no intention to compromise national interests in any negotiations with Russia.

Image: President.gov.ua, President’s participation in the events on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s military intelligence 03, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons, (no changes made)

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