Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday that Russia was “trying to secure a short truce to restore its combat capabilities”.
This came in a speech by President Zelensky broadcast via video conference technology in front of the International Security Forum, which is currently being held in Halifax, Canada, between 18 and 20 November, according to the local “Ukrain Forum” agency.
Zelensky said, “Stopping the war does not guarantee peace. Russia is now looking for a short truce and a respite to restore its strength,” explaining that “this is not the way to actually end the war.”
He added, “Some may call it the end of the war, but such a halt will only lead to an exacerbation of matters.”
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The Ukrainian president stressed that “any territorial concessions or concessions related to Ukraine’s sovereignty cannot be considered peace,” according to the agency.
“Immoral settlements will lead to new bloodshed,” Zelensky said, noting that “true, lasting and effective peace can only take place with the end of Russian aggression.”
It is worth noting that the International Security Forum is one of the world’s leading platforms for discussing international policy issues, as it is held annually in Halifax, the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of “tough” economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.