World · August 4, 2022

Zelenskyy’s adviser says Ukraine will hold peace talks when it has the military strength to push Russia back

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A leading adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the chief negotiator for peace talks with Russia, Mykhailo Podolyak, said on Thursday that there are four “components” that Kiev needs before negotiations with Moscow can continue, all of them. advanced military equipment.

“To talk to [the Russian Federation], it is necessary to have the right negotiating position. It has 4 simple components, “he said on Twitter.

Podolyak said Ukraine needs long-range artillery, Multiple Rocket Launch Systems (MRLS) – such as HIMARS – and Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) which have a range of approximately 185 miles.

In this photo from May 23, 2011, a launch truck fires with the High Mobility Artillery Missile System (HIMARS) manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

In this photo from May 23, 2011, a launch truck fires with the High Mobility Artillery Missile System (HIMARS) manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
(Tony Overman / The Olympian via AP)

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Western nations like the US have already pledged to send at least 20 HIMARS to Kiev, but Washington stopped short of sending ATACMS, citing concerns about triggering a third world war.

Last month, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said his forces needed at least 50 systems like HIMARS to “hold back” Russian forces and at least 100 systems “for an effective counter-offensive”.

Senior Ukrainian defense officials told Fox New Digital that ATACMS systems are needed not to strike Russia beyond Ukraine’s borders, but to more effectively cope with the mammoth 1,500-mile-long front line its soldiers are on. they are confronting each other.

Podolyak also listed “air defense to protect cities, shock drones – the best hunters [and] armored vehicles for counter-offensive “as main necessities for Kiev.

The presentation of 30 DJI Matrice 300 RTK drones purchased for the Ukrainian armed forces as part of the Army of Drones project is underway in Ukraine.

The presentation of 30 DJI Matrice 300 RTK drones purchased for the Ukrainian armed forces as part of the Army of Drones project is underway in Ukraine.
(Evgen Kotenko / Ukrinform / Future Publishing via Getty Images)

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US and Western allies have sent drones and armored vehicles to Kiev since the war began in February, although Ukrainian officials continue to warn that it does not have enough.

The push for modern air defenses to help defend Ukrainian skies remains an ongoing battle as NATO nations have yet to send warplanes to Ukraine.

Podolyak’s Thursday tweet came a day after he dismissed former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s claims that the recent grain export deal means Russian President Vladimir Putin wants a “negotiated solution.”

“The good news is that the Kremlin wants a negotiated solution,” Schroeder told German media. “A first success is the wheat agreement, which perhaps can slowly be extended to a ceasefire.”

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Peace talks between Kiev and Moscow stalled in May after Ukrainian officials accused Russia of failing to engage in good faith as it continued its deadly attack on Ukraine.

“If Moscow wants dialogue, it’s up to them,” Podolyak said Wednesday. “First, a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops, then – constructive [talks.]”