A former Russian base destroyed outside of Izium CREDIT: HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY FOR THE TELEGRAPH
8 NOVEMBER 2022 • 3:23PM
Ukraine will never negotiate with Putin and will continue to fight for its land even if it is “stabbed in the back” by its allies, an advisor to the Ukrainian president has said.
The comment follows a Washington Post report that the White House has been privately urging Ukraine to show a willingness to negotiate with Russia.
But in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Tuesday, Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said that “Negotiating with Putin would mean giving up, and we would never give him this gift”.
He repeated assertions that peace talks would only be possible once Russian forces have left Ukrainian territory.
“We have no choice. Russia has invaded us with mobile crematoria and half a million body bags. If we stop defending ourselves, we will cease to exist. Literally. Physically. We will continue to fight even if we are stabbed in the back,” Mr Podolyak said.
It comes as Ukrainian officials doubled down on their insistence that there could be no peace talks without the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Mr Podolyak also wrote on Twitter that Ukraine is ready to negotiate with a future Russian leader but not with Vladimir Putin.