Ukraine will not give up its territories to join NATO.
This is what the Foreign Minister in Kiev, Dmitro Kuleba, said, who emphasized that NATO’s general secretary, Jens Soltenberg, has a clear position on the subject. In a television interview, he commented on the statements made a few days ago by Stoltenberg’s chief of staff, Stian Jenssen, according to which Ukraine can become a member of NATO, in exchange for giving up the territories currently occupied by Russia.
Jenssen later backtracked by apologizing for the statement, and called his words wrong.
“The President has constantly communicated with the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, maintaining a very close relationship with him. I assure you that the position of the secretary general is absolutely clear and the same as Ukraine. There can be no exchanges on Ukrainian territories.”
And while Ukraine expands the range of attacks on Russian territory, Kuleba assures the allies that the army will not use the weapons donated by them to target targets on Russian territory. Although at a slow pace, Kiev’s counteroffensive is advancing, with Ukrainian troops consolidating positions south of Urozhayne in the Donetsk region, a village they liberated a day earlier.
Counterattack operations continue in the direction of Bahmut, Melitopol and Berdiansk. Russia continues its attacks against Ukrainian ports.
“Terrorists hit our ports again. They targeted the infrastructure that guarantees not only our food security but also that of the world. Attacks against the Rhine ports, Izmail, Odesa or Mykolaiv, are a blow to global food prices and social and political stability in Africa and Asia.”
Kiev announced that Russia had launched 16 “Shahed” drones in the last 24 hours, which were shot down by the air defense forces.