Ukraine says victory in war is ‘just a matter of time’

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Phnom Penh (EFE).- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Saturday that the “liberation” of the city of Kherson by the Ukrainian army adds to the other battles won by his country and that the victory against the Russian invaders it’s just “a matter of time”.

This is how Kuleba spoke at a press conference in the Cambodian capital where he is the special guest of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), at which he asked to condemn Russia.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, during the press conference. EFE/EPA/Kith Serey

“In our defensive war against the enemy, Ukraine will win, it’s a matter of time… Every square centimeter of Ukraine will be liberated,” Kuleba said at Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh. where ASEAN leaders and their external partners, including the United States, Russia and China, met.

Kuleba justified his optimism by the victories that the Ukrainian forces won in different battles such as in Kyiv, in the occupied areas in the northeast of the country and in the Kherson region.

Ask for help to repair electrical infrastructure

Likewise, the minister also denounced the Russian army for torturing and murdering civilians and attacking infrastructure not for military reasons but to harm the population.

In this regard, he called on the international community, including Southeast Asian countries, to deliver transformers, generators and parts to Ukraine to help repair the electricity infrastructure, which is needed in full winter in Ukraine.

In Phnom Penh, Kuleba signed a Treaty of Cooperation and Friendship (TAC) with ASEAN and met his counterparts from Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Ukraine says victory in war is a matter of time
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, during the press conference. EFE/EPA/Kith Serey

The Minister thanked ASEAN for its support for Ukraine and asked it to condemn the Russian aggression against Ukraine, because “it is not only an attack on the sovereignty of a sovereign country but an attack against the Charter of the United Nations”.

If Russia “gets its way”, most Asian countries “do not want Russia’s behavior with the use of force, violation of borders and massacres against the civilian population to be repeated in Asia”, said warned Kuleba. .

He added that countries have many ways to support Ukraine, not only through sanctions against Russia, but also by sending military or humanitarian aid.

There will be no meeting with Russia at the ASEAN summit

The Ukrainian minister ruled out a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, who is in Phnom Penh to attend the ASEAN summit, but said he was open to a meeting if Russia is “sincere” in the negotiations.

However, he regretted that the Russian authorities were demanding “full unconditional surrender”, which he described as unacceptable for Ukraine, and recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin had refused to sit down to negotiate with his Ukrainian counterpart.

Kuleba appealed to all countries and warned that it was not about invading Ukraine but about whether “big countries have the right to invade small countries”.

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