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Ukraine rejects «moral lessons» from the West and criticism of attacks on Russian territory

News 360 logo News 360 12/12/2022 Daniel Stewart
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba has rejected "moral lessons" from the West on how they should handle this war and questioned those who criticize that they may launch attacks on Russian territory.

"There is no need to give Ukraine a moral lesson," Kuleba said in an interview for German broadcaster ARD TV, in which while he did not confirm that they are behind the latest drone strikes on facilities on Russian territory, he did criticize those who question that they should aim at such targets.

"As foreign minister I cannot comment on what is happening on Russian territory," said Kuleba, although he pointed out that the attacked airfields host fighter jets that not only fire missiles at Ukraine's energy infrastructure, but also kill its citizens.

Therefore, he expressed that he does not understand how their Western partners, especially the United States, warn them that they are "playing with fire" at a time, he recalled, when Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, have come to Ukraine to "destroy them" as a state and as a nation.

"If an assassin came into your apartment and tried to kill you, but then one of your neighbors tells you that 'don't play with fire, don't provoke them,' then you would probably say that your neighbor has lost his mind," he has said.

However, despite these criticisms, Kuleba said that Ukraine is very grateful to its partners for continuing to support them in this war, although he asked that the efforts should not be dropped, especially when it comes to arms deliveries.

In the case of Germany, the country in Europe offering the most aid to Ukraine, Kuleba has questioned why it has qualms about delivering more battle tanks and anti-aircraft systems if it is already giving artillery, as this will serve to prolong the war. "This benefits neither Ukraine nor its Western partners," he has said.

"The best way to stop Russia is, of course, with weapons," Kuleba has stressed when asked about the other non-military aid the country is receiving, for example, to enable its citizens to endure the winter, although he said they are grateful.


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