Ukraine’s chief negotiator has ruled out a ceasefire agreement that would allow Kyiv to hand over territory to Russia or allow Russian troops to remain on the land.
Mikhail Podolyak, aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is leading talks with Moscow, said such concessions would backfire because Russia would counterattack more strongly if the fighting ceased.
“The war will not stop. “It will be paused,” Podolyak told Reuters at the Kyiv president’s residence.
“They will launch a new offensive on a larger scale, more bloody.”
“that much [Russian] “After that, the peace process can resume,” Podoljak said, referring to the recent calls for an immediate ceasefire by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
Kyiv’s position became increasingly uncompromising as Russia experienced military setbacks and fears grew that Ukrainian officials could be pressured to sacrifice land for a peace deal.
“The war must end with the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the full restoration of its sovereignty,” Andriy Yermak, chief of staff to the President of Ukraine, tweeted the day before.
Polish President Andrzej Duda offered Warsaw’s support, saying the international community should demand a complete withdrawal from Russia and that sacrificing territory would be a “big blow” to the West.
“There were voices of concern that Ukraine might have to surrender. [President Vladimir] Putin’s demands,” said Duda, a foreign leader who spoke directly to Ukraine’s parliament after the invasion of Russia.
“Only Ukraine has the right to decide its own future,” he said.
In the same session, Zelensky called for stronger sanctions against Moscow.
“You shouldn’t be treason when you have to stop attacking,” he said.
His remarks come after Russia’s transport minister, Vitaly Savelyev, acknowledged that sanctions against Russia caused serious logistical problems in Russia.
Sabelev told state media that the move “substantially destroyed” Russian trade logistics and said sanctions on standard routes to Asia would force Russia to find new trade routes.
All three of the world’s three largest shipping companies, MSC, Musk, and CMA CGM, have banned trade with Russia due to sanctions.
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Meanwhile, Russia continued its main offensive in Luhansk, one of two districts in Donbas, after ending the resistance of the last Ukrainian fighters at the strategic port of Mariupol in the southeast.
Interior Ministry adviser Vadym Denysenko told Ukrainian television on Sunday: “The fiercest battles centered on the twin cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.
These cities form the eastern part of the Ukrainian-owned pocket that Russia attempted to take over after the failed capture of Kyiv from mid-April and shifted focus to the east and south of the country.
In a local television interview, Luhansk Governor Serhi Gadayi said Russia was using “destroyed” tactics in the region.
“They are wiping out Sievierodonetsk from the planet,” he said.
Russian artillery fire and “heavy fighting” continued near Sievierodonetsk, but the invading forces failed to secure the nearby town of Oleksandrika, a Ukrainian military statement said.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense said on Sunday that Russian forces carried out airstrikes and artillery strikes on Ukrainian headquarters, troops and ammunition depots in the southern Donbas and Mykolaiv regions.
But the head of the occupied Ukrainian village of Enerhodar next to the Moscow-appointed Zaporizia nuclear power plant in the victory of the Ukrainian forces was wounded in an explosion on Sunday.
Russia’s RIA news agency reported that Andrei Shevchuk was receiving intensive care after the attack, citing emergency services sources.