Ambassador of Ukraine: the war will only end when Russia withdraws completely; “no way we win”

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Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States said on Sunday that “the Ukrainians will not surrender” and that Russia’s war in Ukraine will end only when forces in Moscow fully withdraw.

As Russian aggression in Ukraine entered its 67th day, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” saying, “This war was started by the Russians, it must be ended by the Russians”.

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“For us, there is no doubt that we will win. You know, we have to win and we will win,” Markarova said. “The question is, how many great Ukrainians will we lose by winning this war?”

Local residents clean their apartments damaged by Russian shelling in Dobropillya, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, April 30, 2022.
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Local residents clean their apartments damaged by Russian shelling in Dobropillya, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, April 30, 2022.
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The ambassador said the world is united around Ukraine and thanked the United States for its support for the country as it seeks to end the conflict.

“We are trying, and we are doing everything we can on the battlefield, but also on the diplomatic front to stop this war as soon as possible,” Markarova said.

“But no matter when they make a decision, the Ukrainians will not surrender,” the ambassador said. “The Ukrainians will not give up. We are tired after this horrible destruction. We mourn the people we have lost. But we will not stop and we will defend our country until victory.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova, during an event unveiling a photography exhibit about the war in Ukraine, Thursday, April 28, 2022, at the Capitol in Washington .

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova, during an event unveiling a photography exhibit about the war in Ukraine, Thursday, April 28, 2022, at the Capitol in Washington .
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When asked if a diplomatic solution would require Russia to withdraw completely from Ukraine, Markarova replied: “I don’t think there can be any other solution.”

“It’s a very black and white situation,” the ambassador continued. “It was Russia that crossed the border first in 2014 and now in 2022 again.”

Markarova argued that Ukraine must restore its territorial integrity and sovereignty after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and its bloody invasion that began in February.

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Numerically, Russia’s military strength greatly exceeds that of Ukraine. In the days before the war began, Western intelligence estimated that Russia had positioned up to 190,000 troops near the border; The standing army of Ukraine numbers about 200,000 men, spread across the country.

Overall, the Russian army has about 900,000 men in active service. Russia also has a much larger air force and navy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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