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We need more weapons, no plans to surrender: Zelenskyy addresses diplomats

We need more weapons, no plans to surrender: Zelenskyy addresses diplomats President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to Ukrainian diplomats on Friday, December 22, urging them to work towards Ukraine's victory, reports the President's Office website.

The President addressed diplomats, urging them to work on increasing arms supplies to Ukraine. He emphasized that the main defense result for Ukraine was strengthening air defense and the primary strategic outcome was the implementation of the Ukrainian Peace Formula.

"It's very important that the Ukrainian position is now represented and understood in all the most influential international organizations. All of this is good progress. But the best is yet to come," he said.

The President also outlined the foreign policy goals of the country for the upcoming year. Among the priorities was working to strengthen Ukraine's defense support.

"We need more weapons because no one is going to surrender. Ukraine will win," Zelenskyy emphasized.

He also highlighted the ongoing importance of diplomats' work towards further European integration for Ukraine.

"Each of you who can help Ukraine increase the production of weapons, ammunition, equipment, air defense systems in Ukraine or engage in relevant cooperation with partners should ensure that," he said.

Decision of the European Council on Ukraine

On December 14, during a summit, the leaders of the European Union countries approved the opening of negotiations for Ukraine's accession to the bloc. This decision came amid concerns that Hungary might veto it.

The EU leaders' negotiations lasted for over three hours, and the summit's start was delayed due to Budapest's position. However, at the moment of the vote, the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, left the room, so the decision was unanimously approved.

For more detailed information on what lies ahead for Ukraine, check out RBC-Ukraine's coverage.