The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrellassured this Friday in Cartagena de Indias that when he listens to the Russian president speak, Vladimir Putin, can not be optimistic about the end of the war in Ukraine.
“Unfortunately when I hear President Putin I cannot be optimistic because he does not stop saying that he has military objectives and until he achieves his military objectives he will not stop bombing and destroying the country,” Borrell told reporters.
The statements of the European diplomat are known after this Friday at least 21 people were killed in the Ukrainian city of Umanin the center of the country, due to the impact of a Russian missile against an apartment building.
“This morning there was tremendous shelling against civilian targetsthat we would all like more, we want peace but the only one that at the moment does not want to stop waging war is him, it is Putin, it is Russia, ”he said.
He also stated that “it cannot be said that Russia wants to continue the war and so does Ukraine.”
“No, Russia wants to continue the war and I refer to the tests. And Ukraine has, does not want, has to defend itself. We have to help,” she added.
Borrell is visiting Colombia where last Tuesday he participated in the international conference to promote dialogue in Venezuela, then he met with various authorities and representatives of civil society, and this Friday he installed the dialogue “Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe: Recalibrating our strategic association” in Cartagena.
Ukraine warned that the counteroffensive it is about to launch is not the “decisive battle”
The Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dimitro Kulebahas urged this Friday not to consider the expected Ukrainian counteroffensive as a “decisive battle”, since this possibility “distorts” the actions of the Armed Forces on the ground.
“If a counteroffensive is needed, there will be one.. If two or more are needed, too. This is not a conflict that can be frozen,” Kuleba said, adding that “a decisive battle is one that would lead to the total liberation of the Ukrainian territories.”
Kuleba recalled, however, in a press conference with the leaders of the Baltic and Northern European Foreign Affairs from Odesa, that kyiv will fight “until victory.” “All that is clear,” he added, according to the news agency. ukrinform.
Defense Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikovindicated that the preparations for a counteroffensive against the Russian forces are in their final phase and added that “the training is ending.”
“In addition to obtaining weapons and military equipment, our military must know how to use them. We have received very modern systems”Reznikov explained during a press conference in which he said that the moment of launching the operation will be determined by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army.
Ukrainians support crowdfunding campaigns to equip the army
As Ukraine aspires to receive more heavy weaponry of his allies to prepare for the expected counteroffensivemany citizens contribute funds to buy hundreds of drones, machine guns and even armored personnel carriers abroad.
“It could have been one of us or our loved ones,” he said. Sabina Dadashevaa 35-year-old translator from Lviv (west) this Friday, after the news of the multiple fatalities after the impact of a Russian missile on an apartment building in Uman (center) was released.
Sabina is one of the thousands of volunteers who, in addition to carrying out their daily work, dedicate themselves to raise funds or coordinate the purchase of military equipment required by the country’s armed forces.
“If we are not serving in the military, then what we can do to face the threat is support our soldiers and make a habit of it,” he wrote to his followers on social media, urging them to contribute to the purchase of a pair of binoculars. thermal vision worth 5,000 euros for a Ukrainian military unit.
In addition, Sabina raises funds for support the elderly who remain in the territories occupied by Russia.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)
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