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Zelenskyy on why pause in war will benefit Russia, not Ukraine

Zelenskyy on why pause in war will benefit Russia, not Ukraine President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Maria Kholina

There will be no pause in the war. Giving Russia a pause would only benefit them, not Ukraine, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's remarks following talks with Estonian President Alar Karis.

According to Zelenskyy, a ceasefire on Ukrainian territory does not mean a pause in the war. He emphasized that it does not signify the end of hostilities or lead to political dialogue with the Russian Federation or anyone else. Instead, such a pause would only benefit Russia.

"We understand the volumes of drones and artillery they produce daily. We see what they lack, a significant shortage of drones, artillery, and missiles. They are making large purchases of drones from Iran, and they are also negotiating for missiles, although no agreements have been reached yet. They have received over a million artillery shells from North Korea, and we have seen examples of some missiles already," explained Zelenskyy.

He said that Russian depots were empty after the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Therefore, the current pause is not merely a frozen conflict, it is a break that will help Russia.

"They are falling behind. Yes, you are right, the world also struggles to fill Ukraine's warehouses. But the world is helping Ukraine today, while Russia faces a deficit. To give them a pause, take the risk, give Russia 2-3 years - they might then overpower us. We wouldn't take such a risk, and thank God everything is being resolved in Ukraine, so there will definitely be no pause in favor of Russia," he added.

Zelenskyy in Estonia

Zelenskyy arrived in Estonia on January 11, following his visit to Vilnius on January 10.

During the visit, Lithuania approved a long-term military aid package to Ukraine worth 200 million euros. New shipments for January and February were also announced.

According to Zelenskyy's early statements, Latvia will be the next stop in his diplomatic efforts.