Negotiations with Russia to resolve the conflict have been suspended, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.
It was because “Russia is still in its stereotypical mindset,” he told Ukrainian television on Tuesday, adding that Russia does not realize that the war is “no longer going according to the rules, their plans and schedule”.
Since the two delegations met in Istanbul, “there have been no significant changes, no progress,” he said. “Ukraine’s resistance, the professional resistance is only growing, so there is no way Russia can achieve its goals.”
Podolyak also rejected all territorial concessions.
“The war will not end if we give up part of our territories there. This is not acceptable for Ukraine and it will not be accepted by Ukrainian society. Minsk-2 can be signed by another president. President Zelensky will not sign it Because every Minsk-2 is a postponement of the war, even more destructive, for example in a year or two,” he said.
Minsk-2 is said to have granted significant autonomy to the area to the east that has been under control of Russian-backed separatists since 2014.
Meanwhile, Russia’s state news agency reported on Tuesday that Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko confirmed the negotiations will not go ahead, but he reportedly said it was because Kiev withdrew from the process.
Kiev has not responded to Russia’s proposed draft treaty, Rudenko added.
The decision of the foreign ministers of the EU member states to allocate another 500 million euros (527 million euros) from the European Peace Fund to Ukraine for arms purchases, according to Rudenko, prolongs the conflict.