38 C
Thursday, September 28, 2023

Ukraine ‘ready’, Zelensky counterattacks after rare NATO accession | World News


Ukraine’s president has announced that Ukraine is ready to launch a long-awaited counteroffensive to retake territories occupied by Russia. Volodymyr Zelensky told the Wall Street Journal that he didn’t know how long it would take and that “it could be done in many ways,” but that Ukraine was “strongly convinced” that they would succeed.

Russo-Ukrainian war: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures while speaking. (AFP)

“We’re going to do it, we’re ready,” he said. The counteroffensive was delayed as wet weather made the ground unsuitable for heavily armored vehicles, but a dry spell in parts of Ukraine has sparked anticipation.

Zelensky conceded that Ukraine would not be able to join NATO until the Russian aggression was over – a rare acknowledgment by a Ukrainian president who has stepped up pressure on NATO and the EU to open their doors to Ukraine.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February angered NATO, but members of the military bloc are divided over Ukraine. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said all members agreed to abide by a 2008 pledge that Ukraine would become a member at an unspecified point in time.

What did Zelensky say about Ukraine joining NATO?

“We are reasonable people and we understand that we will not drag a NATO country into a war,” Zelensky said.

“So we understand that we will not be members of NATO while this war is going on. Not because we don’t want to, but because it’s impossible,” Zelensky added.

What is happening in Ukraine?

Four civilians were killed in shelling of the Belgorod region on Russia’s border with Ukraine on Friday, a local official said. Moscow’s army continued to attack Kiev for the sixth day in a row. Over the past few days, thousands of residents have fled villages near Russia’s southwestern border amid shelling.


Source link

Related Articles

Hyundai/Kia recall 3.4M vehicles, advise US outdoor parking for fire risk

Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 3.4 million vehicles due to the risk of engine compartment fires and instructing owners to park them outside....

North Korea to expel US soldier for border breach

North Korea will expel American soldier Travis King, who confessed to illegally crossing the border due to dissatisfaction with mistreatment and racial discrimination within...

Trump found liable for defrauding banks and insurers in real estate

A judge's ruling on Tuesday declared that Donald Trump committed fraud over several years while building his real estate empire, resulting in some of...

Canadian Parliament Speaker resigns due to Nazi veteran tribute

The Canadian Parliament Speaker resigned on Tuesday, shortly after publicly honoring a Ukrainian veteran with ties to the Nazis during World War II. Anthony...

India ready to investigate Sikh separatist killings in Canada

India's Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, stated on Tuesday that India is willing to investigate any "specific" or "relevant" information provided by Canada regarding the...

Latest Articles