It is important for Ukraine to end the war before winter so as not to let the Russians settle permanently, said the chief of staff of the Ukrainian presidency Andriï Yermak in an interview published on Tuesday.
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“It is very important for us not to go into winter. After the winter, when the Russians have more time to gain a foothold, it will certainly be more difficult. They take us there. It is very important for us not to give them this possibility,” Mr. Iermak told Novoïé Vremia magazine.
While reaffirming that the weapons provided by the Western allies were insufficient, he said he was counting on American military aid facilitated by the "land lease", the "lend-lease law" of the Second World War reactivated in May by Joe Biden to support Ukraine and which is due to come into full operation in August.
"Our objective is victory, we do not envisage any other," declared Mr. Iermak.
The official also stressed that the ongoing negotiations with Russia only concern the unblocking of the ports to export the Ukrainian cereals which are immobilized there by the conflict, and not on the way to end the conflict for example.
“These negotiations are taking place at the level of the military and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and only with the mediation of the UN,” he said.
"I communicate with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, I do not communicate with the Russians," he said.