Ukrainian ambassador: Conflict will solely finish when Russia totally withdraws; ‘no question we will win’

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Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S. on Sunday mentioned “Ukrainians will not surrender” and that Russia’s conflict in Ukraine will solely finish when Moscow’s forces totally withdraw.

Because the Russian aggression in Ukraine entered its 67th day, Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” saying, “This war was started by Russians, it has to be ended by Russians.”

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

Local residents clean their apartments damaged by Russian shelling in Dobropillya, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Native residents clear their flats broken by Russian shelling in Dobropillya, Donetsk area, jap Ukraine, Saturday, April 30, 2022.
(AP Picture/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The ambassador mentioned the world is united round Ukraine and thanked the U.S. for main assist for the nation because it appears to be like to finish the battle.

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

“But regardless of when they will make a decision, Ukrainians will not surrender,” the ambassador mentioned. “Ukrainians will not give up. We are tired after this horrible destruction. We are mourning the people we have lost. But we will not stop, and we will defend our country to the victory.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., 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 Home Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, shakes palms with Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova, throughout an occasion unveiling a images exhibit concerning the conflict in Ukraine, Thursday, April 28, 2022, on the Capitol in Washington. 
(AP Picture/Jacquelyn Martin)

When requested if a diplomatic answer would require Russia to utterly withdraw from Ukraine, Markarova mentioned, “I do not think there could be any other solution.”

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

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Markarova maintained that Ukraine wants to revive its territorial integrity and sovereignty following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its bloody invasion that started in February.

Numerically, Russia’s army manpower vastly exceeds Ukraine’s. Within the days earlier than the conflict started, Western intelligence estimated Russia had positioned close to the border as many as 190,000 troops; Ukraine’s standing army totals about 200,000, unfold all through the nation.

Total, the Russian military has an estimated 900,000 active-duty personnel. Russia additionally has a a lot bigger air pressure and navy.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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