Zelenskyy's Goal: Ending Putin's Reign Before 2030

Amidst global tensions, Ukraine upholds a resolute diplomatic position

by Zain ul Abedin
Zelenskyy's Goal: Ending Putin's Reign Before 2030
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In a recent statement, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has boldly asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite his plans for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine stretching as far as 2030, may find his tenure cut short.

This comes amid escalating tensions and the continued resilience of Ukrainian forces in the face of Russian aggression. When queried about the potential for negotiations with Putin to bring an end to the war, President Zelenskyy expressed skepticism about the feasibility of dialogue with a leader who, in his view, resorts to eliminating his adversaries.

Zelenskyy stated, "We will offer him a platform where he can acknowledge his defeat. Is Ukraine losing this war? Certainly not. Victory is our only path. Our nation's existence hinges on our success." The Ukrainian President further highlighted the critical role of international allies in determining the outcome and the human toll of this conflict.

He noted that every retreat by Putin significantly impacts Russian society, influencing his focus on internal stability. Zelenskyy emphasized, "Putin talks about plans for 2030, seeing himself in power until then. Our aim is to conclude his reign sooner."

Ukraine's Firm Stance

The backdrop of these statements is the initial rounds of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia at the onset of the full-scale invasion.

Currently, the Ukrainian stance remains firm: no return to talks until Russian forces withdraw. This uncompromising position from Ukraine comes amidst reports from NBC News citing US and European officials. These reports suggest private discussions among the US, EU, and Ukraine regarding potential peace negotiations with Russia.

The discussions reportedly explored what concessions Ukraine might have to make for peace. However, President Zelenskyy has refuted these media claims, clarifying that there is no external pressure on Ukraine to enter into negotiations.

His steadfastness mirrors the resilience of a nation under siege, determined to safeguard its sovereignty and future against a backdrop of geopolitical maneuvering and unprecedented challenges. As the world watches, the resolve of Ukraine under Zelenskyy's leadership continues to define a pivotal chapter in modern history.