Ukrainian ambassador to Bulgaria: Peace means victory of Ukraine in this barbaric, imperialist war

Peace means the victory of Ukraine in this barbaric, imperialist war, Ukrainian ambassador Vitaly Moskalenko told Bulgarian National Television in an interview on February 23.

There could be no peace in the past year after Russia attacked Ukraine, and continues to destroy infrastructure, peaceful homes, kill Ukrainian citizens and aims to destroy Ukraine and its people, Moskalenko said.

He said that peace would come when all Russian troops are pushed out of the territory of Ukraine, including Crimea and Donbas, and war criminals are punished and guarantees of further non-aggression are obtained.

This was envisaged in President Volodymyr Zelenskiyy’s peace plan, which consists of 10 steps, which, in brief, include energy security, humanitarian, food, radiation security, the withdrawal of all occupation troops from Ukraine, among other things, Moskalenko said.

He said that it was possible that the war will last a very long time.

“If there are not enough able and willing people in Ukraine to continue fighting for their independence, then we will simply disappear as a political, territorial and national entity from the world map. Our defeat, God forbid, would mean that the aggressive Putin’s plans would continue.”

Bulgaria had provided comprehensive assistance to Ukraine – direct, indirect and through third countries, Moskalenko said.

He said direct delivery of items had been carried out after Parliament’s decision. He said that he could not say whether and how much military equipment was repaired in Bulgaria.

On February 24, the anniversary of Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, there will be demonstrations four Bulgarian cities in solidarity with Ukraine.

In Sofia, the event starts at 7pm outside the Presidency, in Plovdiv at 6pm outside Sveta Bogoroditsa church in the Old Town, in Rousse at 5.30pm at 3 Alexander Battenberg Square and in Veliko Turnovo at 5.30pm in front of the municipality.

On February 25 in Varna, there will be a demonstration in solidarity with Ukraine, at 2pm in front of the municipality.

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