Zelenskyy: Ukraine should return everything, no frozen conflict should remain

OLENA ROSHCHINA - Monday, August 8, 2022 at 11:35 p.m
Recalling the wars in Georgia and Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that only Russia's loss of all captured goods and international legal responsibility for an act of aggression would serve as a safeguard against new wars.
Source: President's video address
Quote: “These days, people remember the Russian war against Georgia in 2008. There are many talks about the premises of this war, about its consequences. [People discuss] how this year's refusal to give Ukraine and Georgia an action plan for NATO membership increased the audacity of the Russian leadership."
"Nevertheless, this war is not history and has not yet fully arrived in the past. That is why one must speak more about what can be done than about what has passed."
“The challenges from back then are still very relevant today. It's not just because the threat of further Russian aggression in that part of the Caucasus remains, even if frozen. Only now has the world begun to recognize the need for real, effective tools to prevent such attacks and bring any attacker to justice."
Details: Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that the wars of 2008, 2014 and 2022 "are of different scale and nature", but the essence of these conflicts is the same: regional and global security mechanisms did not work.
That is why the precautionary principle is necessary in international relations: "When it is clear that a state is preparing an act of aggression - unjust, unprovoked, illegal - then the world should react to its preparation in the same way in relation to the aggression that has already taken place."
Quote: “Neither a smoldering nor a frozen conflict should remain after this Russian war against Ukraine. This is an important conclusion. Ukraine must return everything temporarily confiscated by Russia, and the aggressor state must be punished for the crime of aggression. And that's not just important for justice."
"Only the aggressor's apparent defeat, his loss of all that was captured, and his international legal responsibility for the aggression are safeguards against any war."
Details: The President added that Ukrainian diplomats, the President's Office, government officials and everyone involved in organizing a global political, economic and legal response to Russian aggression are working on this agenda.
In his opinion, by protecting their own state, Ukrainians automatically protect everyone who has already been threatened or could still be threatened by a terrorist state.
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Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Sixth and current President of Ukraine

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