Ukraine’s Ambassador: War will not end until Russia withdraws fully; ‘no doubt we will win’

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Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States said on Sunday “Ukrainians will not surrender” and that Russia’s war in Ukraine will only end when Moscow’s forces withdraw completely.

As Russian aggression in Ukraine entered its 67th day, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova appeared on ABC’s This Week, saying, “This war was started by Russians, it must be ended by Russians.”

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“For us, there is no doubt that we will win. You know we must win and we will win,” Markarova said. “The question is, how many of the great Ukrainians will we lose by winning this war?”

Local residents clean their apartments damaged by Russian shelling in Dobropillya, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Local residents clean their apartments damaged by Russian shelling in Dobropillya, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, April 30, 2022.
(AP Photo / Evgeniy Maloletka)

The ambassador said the world is united around Ukraine and thanked the United States for leading support for the country as it appears to end the conflict.

“We are trying and we are doing everything we can on the battlefield but also on the diplomatic front to stop this war as soon as possible,” Markarova said.

“But no matter when they want to make a decision, the Ukrainians will not surrender,” the ambassador said. “Ukrainians will not give up. We are tired after this terrible destruction. We mourn the people we have lost. But we will not stop and we will defend our country to victory.”

The speaker for the House, Nancy Pelosi of California, on the left, shakes hands with Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova during an event unveiling a photography exhibition on the war in Ukraine, Thursday, April 28, 2022 at the Capitol in Washington.

The speaker for the House, Nancy Pelosi of California, on the left, shakes hands with Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova during an event unveiling a photography exhibition on the war in Ukraine, Thursday, April 28, 2022 at the Capitol in Washington.
(AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

Asked if a diplomatic solution would require Russia to withdraw completely from Ukraine, Markarova said: “I do not think there could be any other solution.”

“It’s a very black and white situation,” the ambassador continued. “It is Russia that first crossed the border in 2014 and now in 2022 again.”

Markarova maintained that Ukraine needs to restore its territorial integrity and sovereignty following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its bloody invasion that began in February.

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In terms of numbers, Russia’s military manpower far exceeds that of Ukraine. In the days before the war began, the Western intelligence service estimated that Russia had placed as many as 190,000 soldiers near the border; Ukraine’s standing military totals about 200,000, spread across the country.

In total, the Russian army has estimated 900,000 active employees. Russia also has a much larger air force and navy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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