Ukraine’s foreign minister says Putin’s ‘ultimate goal is to destroy Ukraine’

Written by on February 23, 2022

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “ultimate goal is to destroy Ukraine.”

Kuleba made this bold statement on Tuesday during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

On Monday, Putin signed a decree recognizing two separatist regions of Ukraine as independent and ordered troops to the areas on a “peacekeeping” mission.

Kuleba told Tapper it’s clear that Putin “is not interested in parts of Ukraine. He is not interested in even keeping the entire country in his control. He wants an idea of the Ukrainian statehood to fail.”

The United States, United Kingdom, and Canada all announced Tuesday sanctions against Russia, promising to deliver more if the situation escalates further.

Kuleba said “no sanctions will be enough until Russian boots withdraw from Ukrainian soil,” and he doesn’t believe this first round will be enough to deter Putin.

When asked why Americans should be paying attention to what is happening in his country, Kuleba was quick to respond. “If Putin succeeds in Ukraine, other players across the globe who want to change the rules, who want to bypass the United States, they will see that this is possible, that the West is incapable of defending what it stands for,” he said.

THE WEEK


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