“Russia is now looking for a short truce, a respite to regain strength. This could be seen as the end of the war, but such a respite will only make the situation worse,” the Ukrainian leader said in remarks broadcast at the international security forum in Halifax, Canada.
“A truly real, lasting and honest peace can only come from the complete destruction of Russian aggression,” he added.
The White House had reiterated earlier Friday that only Volodymyr Zelensky was in a position to approve the opening of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, rejecting any notion of American pressure in this direction on kyiv.
US Chief of Staff General Mark Milley has said twice recently that Ukraine’s battlefield victories could open a window of opportunity to start talks for a political solution to the conflict.
He noted, however, on Wednesday that it was unlikely at least in the short term that Ukraine could militarily dislodge Russia from all of the territories it occupies in the country, including Crimea.