Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged partner countries not to believe Russia's ceasefire proposals, APA reports citing his article "Putin Must Be Stopped" published in New York Times.
"No one should be fooled. Whatever its officials may say, Russia remains focused on war and aims to ruin Ukraine and shatter the West. The sight of Odesa, hit by Russian missiles just hours after a deal was reached to allow grain exports from southern ports, should dispel any lingering naïveté. For Vladimir Putin, a cease-fire now would simply allow his depleted invasion forces to take a break before returning for further aggression.
The truth is simple: Mr. Putin will not stop until he is stopped. That’s why calls for a cease-fire, audible across Europe and America, are badly misplaced. This is not the time to accept unfavorable cease-fire proposals or peace deals. The task instead is to defeat Russia and limit its ability to attack anyone again in the foreseeable future. With sustained and timely assistance, Ukraine is ready and able to do so.
No one wanted this war other than Russia, and no country in the world craves peace more than Ukraine. But a lasting, durable peace — rather than the time bomb of a frozen conflict — is possible only after Russia suffers a major battleground defeat. That’s why Ukraine must win. Only then will Mr. Putin seek peace, not war.
Ukraine, the United States, and our European allies need to speak to Mr. Putin in his language: the language of force. Practically, this means strengthening Ukraine militarily by speeding up deliveries of advanced artillery pieces and armored vehicles and economically with additional financial assistance. Sanctions should be increased, too, targeting Russian exports, banning its banks, and restricting its access to maritime trade."