Ukrainian President Zelenskyy asks Trump: What will you do if Putin doesn’t stop?

Дата: 17 January 2024
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In response to Donald Trump’s claim that he would quickly end the war in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has presented a counter-question: what would Trump do if the Russian president did not stop after defeating Ukraine?

According to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency, Zelenskyy asked that at a meeting with the International Media Council in Davos on January 17, 2024.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

On the previous day, after Donald Trump’s victory during the Republican primaries in Iowa, the former U.S. President said: “I would bring Putin and Zelenskyy to the table and end the war…”.

“I haven’t seen this video, but I understand that there was some kind of conference, and he said that if Putin doesn’t stop, he [Trump – ed.] will send more weapons to Ukraine. If Ukraine doesn’t stop, he will take away some [weapon] stocks [from it]… Even if Trump doesn’t support us, we can assume that we will not agree to give up our territories, then Donald Trump will stop helping us and Putin, let’s say, will have us occupied after a certain period of time. The question then is, what would Trump do after that, if Russia occupied a NATO country after Ukraine?” Zelenskyy asked.

According to Zelenskyy, the question is this: “even if Trump does not support us, imagine that we do not agree to give up our territories, then Donald Trump will stop helping us and Putin, say, will occupy us after a certain period.”

“Then the question is, what will Trump do after this, if after Ukraine Russia occupies a NATO country?” the president asked.

“That is, he decided that if you do not freeze the conflict, if we allow Putin to enter Ukraine completely, then he will stop. But Putin will not stop. So what will Donald Trump do in the United States after that? Since in this case it means that Europe lost and lost the largest and most powerful army in Europe because it lost Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said.

Previously, Zelenskyy called on to Trump provide his specific “peace plan” for Ukraine, if he has one. Zelenskyy also said Ukraine is not ready to give up its territories.

By way of background, during the genocidal war against the Ukrainian people, the totalitarian Russian Federation is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Russia unlawfully deports Ukrainian children to its territory. According to the National Information Bureau, as of August 2023, it has deported or brought out 19,546 children from Ukraine. This number includes only children whose names and circumstances of deportation are known. Ukrainian authorities state that the number of deported children is unknown because they cannot access the temporarily occupied territories. In total, 386 children have been successfully returned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has led to numerous global crises, endangering energy and food security in African countries and causing inflation and debt growth globally.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Putin, who is facing charges from the ICC of war crimes, repeatedly states that Russia is not ready to end the war against Ukraine through negotiations.
From February 24, 2022, to December, 30 2023, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recorded 29,330 civilian casualties in the country: 10,191 killed and 19,193 injured. The UN emphasizes that the actual losses are much higher.

As for now, it is impossible to determine the exact number of casualties, as Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and the representatives of the ICC have no access to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

The full-scale invasion by Russia forced 6.1 million Ukrainians to flee abroad. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that about 8 million have been internally displaced.

Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhapar called on the United Nations to support the creation of a tribunal to investigate the crime of waging a war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine. She stressed that if international crimes are not punished and the guilty are not held accountable, the crimes will only get worse.

Dzhapar is also convinced that even when Putin loses his war, business with Russia “should be impossible” until the perpetrators are held accountable for their crimes in Ukraine.

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