President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a speech to the participants of the annual international gathering, the Davos Ukrainian Breakfast, where the world’s elite discusses the political and economic challenges of the Ukrainian state.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy answered the question about the de-occupation of the Crimean peninsula – whether Ukraine has such an intention.
🗣 “Liberating Crimea is not an intention, it is our land. Our goal is to de-occupy all our territories. Crimea is our land, our territory. It is our sea and our mountains. Give us your weapons and we will return ours. But Russia still has the opportunity to withdraw from all the territories it occupied back in 2014. No one is saying that they can restore relations, but they can save the lives of their own people. Not that I think about the lives of their people, but I believe that this is their society and their future. The gap between our countries is big and deep, but we all have to realize that this gap is not artificial – they dug it. It is Putin who stands with this shovel and will remain with this shovel in the history of the world.”
The President of Ukraine also noted that peace talks, which were possible before the full-scale invasion, are not currently considered an option. In particular, Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the partners for their assistance and emphasized that it must be strengthened and continued, as the Armed Forces of Ukraine are fighting for European values.
🗣 “We cannot rely on motivation and morality alone. These are just words, unnecessary rhetoric. There are specific things that determine stability on the battlefield. And we expect these specific things. I can once again thank our partners for their help. But at the same time, there are moments when you should not hesitate or compare yourself with someone else. When you say: “I’ll give tanks if someone else gives tanks” and “I, who is powerful in Europe, will help if someone outside of Europe helps.” I think this is not a very good strategy. It’s as if we, the citizens of Ukraine, a country with more than a hundred nationalities and dozens of different minorities, suddenly start saying: “We protect these, and we don’t protect these.” We cannot divide, we are all citizens of Ukraine. And that’s the way it is, regardless of who has what ethnic roots. We are all citizens of Ukraine who are now defending Europeans and all their values. Therefore, there can be no segmented assistance or selectivity in strengthening our army. We need all our strength because we are fighting against this tyranny that publicly calls itself a “neighbor.”