Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexey Danilov said that the country is ready for a long-term resistance against Russia. At the same time, he noted Moscow's superiority in armament
The temporary loss of territories is not a tragedy, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said in an interview with the Financial Times. “The tragedy will be the loss of the country”, — he continued.
Danilov noted that Kyiv was ready for a long-term resistance against Russian forces, but acknowledged that the enemy advance had made the success of the Ukrainian army “very, very difficult.” Commenting on the situation in the Donbass, he noted the advantage of Russian troops in artillery. “Unfortunately, we cannot answer at the proper level, because we currently lack the types of weapons that we urgently need,” — Danilov said, adding that soon the West would “definitely hand over” necessary weapons.
He expressed confidence that Kyiv would soon regain control of the lost territories.
Among the goals of the operation, the Russian authorities list the demilitarization of Ukraine, its cleansing from “pro-Nazi-minded people,” and “deliverance of people from the genocide of the Kyiv regime.” There is no talk of the occupation of Ukrainian territories, Moscow has repeatedly noted.
In April, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the start of the second phase of the operation, during which the military is going to completely take control of the Donbass and the southern part of Ukraine. The Russian Armed Forces already control a number of territories, including the Kherson region and part of the Zaporozhye region. The pro-Russian authorities appointed there declared their desire to become part of Russia in the future. The Kremlin emphasizes that such issues should be resolved by local residents. The leadership of the DPR and LPR also spoke about the possibility of becoming part of Russia.
After the start of the special operation, Ukraine introduced martial law and severed diplomatic relations with Russia.
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