Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and top advisor Oleksiy Arestovych dismissed elderly statesman Henry Kissinger’s suggestion that Ukraine should cede land to Russia and end the war, with Arestovych suggesting those who support Kissinger’s idea should “go f**k yourselves.”
Earlier this week Kissinger made the remarks during his appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Negotiations need to begin in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome,” warned Kissinger. “Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself.”
Zelensky suggested that Kissinger is dismissing the wishes of the Ukrainian people, while Arestovych responded with vulgarity and an utter refusal to consider the possibility of ceding territory. This comes despite Zelensky acknowledging that the war must end diplomatically, after previously claiming the war would only end when Ukraine recaptured its lost territory including Crimea.
Zelensky accused Kissinger and World Economic Forum participants of attempting to appease Russia, reported Meduza, a Russian-language news outlet run by expats living in Latvia.
“The ‘great geopoliticians’ advising Ukraine to surrender something to Russia never want to see ordinary people — ordinary Ukrainians,” Zelensky said, according to Meduza.
“We must do everything possible to cultivate the habit of taking Ukraine into account, so Ukrainians’ interests aren’t drowned out by the interests of those hurrying to their next meeting with a dictator.”
Arestovych responded with vulgarity in a YouTube live stream yesterday.
“Russia just needs the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions — no big deal! Then we can have a new peace settlement in Europe, and the Ukrainians will just have to ‘curb their appetites.’ We’ll build a comprehensive peace in Europe on this foundation. Business as usual,” said Arestovych, dismissing the idea.
“Go f**k yourselves, you dumb**cks, with these f**king plans,” he concluded.
Russia invaded Ukraine in February following a years long standoff over disputed territories in eastern Ukraine. Moscow claims it invaded to protect ethnic Russians in the breakaway republics Luhansk and Donetsk from Ukrainian state violence, while Kiev maintains the invasion was unprovoked.