Ukraine rejects land concessions as Trump’s war resolution comments stir debate

Yermak’s visit precedes next week’s NATO summit in Washington, where Ukraine is expected to be a key topic.

Andriy Yermak, chief of staff to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has firmly rejected the notion of ceding territory to Russia to end the ongoing conflict. His statements come in response to recent comments by US presidential candidate Donald Trump about swiftly resolving the war.

During a visit to Washington, Yermak emphasized Ukraine’s unwavering stance on its sovereignty that they were not ready to compromise on very important things and values like independence, freedom, democracy, territorial integrity, and sovereignty. However, he indicated openness to advice on achieving a just peace.

Yermak’s visit precedes next week’s NATO summit in Washington, where Ukraine is expected to be a key topic. His comments address the ongoing debate in US politics about the handling of the Ukraine conflict, particularly in light of Trump’s claims that he could quickly end the war if re-elected in November.

Reuters reports that Trump’s advisers have proposed threatening to cut US assistance if Ukraine doesn’t negotiate with Moscow. When asked about Trump’s potential approach, Yermak responded cautiously about being honest and not being aware of it.

Yermak stressed that Ukraine would continue seeking support from any new US administration, adding that the decision is that of the American people.

The United States has provided over $50 billion in military aid to Ukraine since 2022. US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin recently announced an additional $2.3 billion in security assistance.

As the conflict enters its third year and the US presidential election approaches, the debate over Ukraine’s future and international support continues to evolve, with significant implications for global geopolitics and security.