Russia not ready for Ukraine’s negotiating position – Podolyak

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Russia not ready for Ukraine's negotiating position – Podolyak

Russia not ready for Ukraine’s negotiating position – Podolyak

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head
of the Ukrainian President’s Office, has said that Russia is currently
not ready for Ukraine’s negotiating position, which is “absolutely
normal.”
He said this live on Radio NV, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

According to Podolyak, in the context of specific terms, when it is
possible to sit down at the negotiating table, the consensus that exists
in society should be clearly stated.

“There is a clear understanding in society that the war must end
properly – on Ukraine’s terms and without any ‘Minsk Protocols.’ That
is, there cannot be any line of contact, criminal enclaves cannot remain
on Ukrainian territory, Russia cannot remain on Ukrainian territory,
because it will be a constant provocation from the point of view of
continuing to sort out relations. […] That’s why such a consensus
exists,” the official said.

He added that after large-scale war crimes committed by Russia,
“something else was added to this consensus – that we should take a
large amount of debt from Russia.”

“I don’t mean the amount in money. They must pay for all these crimes
concretely or in long legal terms, or a certain number of people must
end their existence on the battlefield. This consensus exists,” Podolyak
said.

He said that President Volodymyr Zelensky had repeatedly voiced Ukraine’s negotiating positions.

“We formulate them as follows: please leave our entire territory,
withdraw all troops not to the conditional borders as of February 23,
but completely to the borders internationally recognized in 1991,
including the Crimean peninsula, destroy all your illegally constructed
objects, including the so-called Kerch Bridge. After that, we will sit
down at the negotiating table,” Podolyak said.

According to him, the Ukrainian side is ready to talk about three
things: “The first is reparations from the point of view of all the
losses that Ukraine has suffered. The second is how we exist, coexist,
since you [Russia] are neighbors, from the point of view of security for
of Ukraine. And the third thing is a certain legal responsibility that
must be borne by a number of people, including those with Russian
citizenship, who committed crimes in Ukraine,” he said.

At the same time, Podolyak said that “today, Russia is not yet ready for an absolutely normal negotiating position of Ukraine.”

No agreement with US forbidding attack on Crimea – Kiev — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

https://www.rt.com/russia/561015-ukraine-crimes-strikes-permission/

Ukraine’s pledge not to attack
Russian territory with Western-provided weapons does not cover Crimea,
Ukrainian Defense Minister Aleksey Reznikov said on Tuesday.

Western
nations have claimed that their supplies of advanced weapons to Ukraine
were conditional on their non-use against targets in Russia, but
officials in Kiev have long suggested that Crimea does not fall under
that rule, as it considers the peninsula to be its own territory.

In
an interview with US government-funded broadcaster Voice of America,
Reznikov said the US has not objected to strikes on the territory, which
Russia views as its own.

“We have an agreement with the US
that we will not use weapons provided by the US and partners against the
territory of the Russian Federation. But if we discuss de-occupying…
Ukrainian land where the enemy is now, there are no such restrictions,” he said, after being asked about possible attacks against Crimea.

The
minister stated that the limiting factor in such strikes would be the
range of the weapons it receives from foreign allies. In the same
interview, he expressed hope that Ukraine would soon receive MGM-140
ATACMS tactical ballistic missiles.

The Lockheed Martin-made projectiles can be fired by the M142 HIMARS
and the M270 MLRS rocket systems, which Ukraine already has, and have a
range of up to 300 km, significantly further than the types of
ammunition provided by the US so far.

Crimea broke away from
Ukraine after the 2014 armed coup in Kiev, which ousted the
democratically elected government. Crimeans overwhelmingly voted in a
referendum to join Russia, which accepted the bid and enshrined the
peninsula’s new status in its constitution.

The move was not
recognized by Kiev, which has said it will only seek a peaceful
resolution to the crisis after defeating Russia militarily and ousting
it from all captured territories, including Crimea.

The
administration of US President Joe Biden has said it imposed
restrictions on Ukraine, to avoid being directly dragged into a conflict
with Russia. Some officials in both the US and Russia have asserted
that the conflict in Ukraine is a NATO war with Russia by a proxy.
Washington has said its goal in Ukraine is to achieve a strategic defeat
of Moscow.

US must ‘challenge’ Chinese missiles – admiral — RT World News

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The United States must “contest”
the launch of missiles over Taiwan by China, a top US military officer
said on Tuesday. Seventh Fleet commander Vice Admiral Karl Thomas warned
that such acts by Beijing could become the norm if allowed to go
unchallenged.

“It’s very important that we contest this type of thing. I know that the gorilla in the room is launching missiles over Taiwan,” Vice Admiral Thomas told reporters in Singapore. “It’s irresponsible to launch missiles over Taiwan into international waters.”

Thomas warned that, “if you don’t challenge it,” these actions could lead to the Taiwan Strait being militarized in a similar way as the South China Sea.

The
Seventh Fleet is based in Yokosuka, Japan and is the largest
forward-­deployed fleet in the US Navy. It is a key part of the US
military’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region, making the admiral’s
words all the more significant.

His comments come amid high
tensions between Beijing and Washington after a visit by US House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-governing island of Taiwan.

Pelosi went ahead with an official visit that included meetings with
Taiwanese officials, including President Tsai Ing-wen, despite clear
warnings from Beijing – and the White House – that it could damage
bilateral relations with China.

In response to the trip, which
Beijing considered a violation of its sovereignty given the
international consensus that Taiwan is a part of China, the People’s
Liberation Army (PLA) launched a multi-day military drill around the
territory.

Local authorities in Taiwan condemned Beijing for
launching ballistic missiles near the island and for disrupting
international trade and traffic, comparing the PLA’s actions to those of
North Korea.

According to Sun Weidong, the Chinese ambassador to
India, more than 160 countries representing over 80% of the global
population expressed support for China’s territorial integrity following
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Zelensky: This Russian war on Ukraine must end with liberation of Crimea

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Zelensky: This Russian war on Ukraine must end with liberation of Crimea

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has
reiterated the fact that Crimea is part of Ukraine, and that the
country will never leave it behind. The Russian war, which started with
Crimea, must end with its liberation, the leader stressed.
The president made the statement in a video address to the nation, released on August 9, Ukrinform reports.

“This Russian war against Ukraine and against all of free Europe
began with Crimea and must end with Crimea – with its liberation,” the
Ukrainian president said.

According to Zelensky, there is a lot of attention these days to the
topic of Crimea, which is right. “Because Crimea is Ukrainian, and we
will never leave it behind. We will not forget that the Russian war
against Ukraine began with the occupation of Crimea. Russia has turned
our peninsula, which has always been and will continue to be one of the
best places in Europe, into one of the most dangerous places,” Zelensky
emphasized.

Read also: Crimea to be not a military base for terrorists but world resort – Office of the President

He noted that the Russian Federation brought large-scale repression,
environmental issues, economic hopelessness, and war to Crimea. The very
presence of Russian occupiers in Crimea is a threat to all of Europe
and global stability, the head of state added.

“Maybe one day historians will determine how many people were killed
by Russia’s terror. Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? From
Ukraine and Georgia to Syria and more distant regions,” Zelensky said.

He is convinced that the Black Sea region cannot be safe as long as
the peninsula remains occupied. There will be no stable and sustainable
peace in many Mediterranean countries either as long as Russia is able
to exploit the Ukrainian peninsula as its military base, Zelensky
believes.

As Ukrinform reported earlier, the occupying “authorities” of Crimea
confirmed the explosions in the Novofedorivka area, where the Russian
military air base is located. Ambulance vehicles were seen rushing to
the scene.

Read also: Explosions reported near Russian military airbase in Crimea

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in a comment on the “fire” at the
Saki airfield near Novofedorivka in the temporarily occupied Crimea said
it cannot verify the cause of fire, but once again reminded that the
occupation authorities should abide by “fire safety rules and refrain
from smoking in undesignated areas.”