Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Don't Think This Is Our Final Counteroffensive, We May Need to Prepare for Next One

Wednesday, 10 May 2023

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has asked not to consider the anticipated counteroffensive of the Ukrainian army as the last one.

Kuleba points out that the further development of the war will depend on the success of the Ukrainian army's nearest offensive actions.

"Don't think of this counteroffensive as the last one because we don't know what will come out of it," Kuleba told Bild in an interview.

"And if this counteroffensive is successful in liberating our territories, then eventually you will say: yes, it was the last one, but if not, it means we need to prepare for the next counteroffensive," the minister added.

Kuleba also commented on possible negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to him, "this is not the evil that can be negotiated with."

"We have a legitimate decision of the National Security Council, adopted in response to Putin's annexation of Ukrainian territories last year, that direct negotiations with Putin are impossible," said the Ukrainian Foreign Minister.

Kuleba also expressed his conviction that Germany should support Ukraine's NATO membership (Ukr) if it wants a safe Europe.

As reported, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhny, will not join the NATO Military Committee meeting even online due to the tough operational situation on the battlefield (Ukr).

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