Ukraine declares all-out war with Russia ‘a possibility’ | World news
The Russian-Ukrainian conflict has been going on for seven years and has already claimed thousands of lives. However, all-out war is still possible, warned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 08:05 AM IST
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday that all-out war with neighboring Russia was an “unfortunate” possibility, but to avoid that he would first like to have a substantive meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I think there may be,” Zelenskiy said when asked at the Yalta European Strategy Summit (YES) if there could really be all-out war with Russia. “It’s the worst thing that can happen, but unfortunately there is that possibility.”
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which has been called an “undeclared war” in the past, has been going on for seven years and has already claimed thousands of lives. It all started when Russia took the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, a move that has yet to be recognized by several Western powers. The conflict then spread to eastern Ukraine, where Moscow is supporting pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region, with more troops (10,000 more, according to reports) amassing near the border. . Kiev says the conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed 14,000 lives since 2014.
“Ukraine has been ready for a long time,” Zelenskiy said, stressing that the country had not yet received a clear response to its request to join the NATO military alliance, a move which is almost certain to exasperate Moscow.
“All-out war would be Russia’s biggest mistake,” the Ukrainian president said in a report by the online Independent newspaper. “It’s a scary scenario, but unfortunately it’s not unlikely. The danger reaches a point of no return.
According to the Reuters news agency, Moscow accused Ukraine of ignoring the peace talks, while Zelenskiy unsuccessfully pushed for a meeting with Putin in the conflict zone. “Honestly, I don’t have time to think about him,” Zelenskiy said on Friday, referring to Russian President Putin. “I’m more interested in whether we can really meet on substance, not in a declarative way like it does with some states.”