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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has firmly dismissed the notion that the war with Russia has reached a deadlock.
During a press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv, Zelenskyy stated, “Time has passed, people are tired… But this is not a stalemate.” He pushed back at the idea that Western leaders have been secretly driving Ukraine into peace talks with Russia was inaccurate, emphasizing, “No one among our partners is pressuring us to sit down with Russia, talk to it, and give it something.”
Zelenskyy added, “There will be no such thing,” rejecting the suggestion that EU or US officials were advocating for Ukraine to make concessions.
The Ukrainian leader also noted that the international focus has, at times, shifted due to other global conflicts, specifically mentioning the conflict between Israel and Hamas. “Of course, it’s clear that the war in the Middle East, this conflict, is taking away the focus,” Zelenskyy remarked.
Despite challenges in maintaining international attention, he expressed confidence in overcoming these obstacles. Supporters of Ukraine, including the US, have pledged enduring military and financial aid to bolster Ukraine’s stance against Russia.