The victory for Ukraine will be the liberation of all occupied territories. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, stated this in an interview for the Financial Times.
"The picture of victory is an evolving concept. In the first months of the war, the victory for us looked like withdrawal of Russian troops to the positions they occupied before February 24 and retribution for the damage done. Now, if we are strong enough on the military front and we win the battle for Donbas, which will be crucial for the further dynamics of the war, then, of course, the victory for us in this war will be the liberation of the rest of our territories," the Minister said.
Kuleba explained that only Russia's defeat will allow Ukraine to reopen its Black Sea ports and revive the export economy.
He also acknowledged that there could be too much bloodshed and that Ukraine may have to negotiate on settlement. In that case, Ukraine would like to "approach the inevitable moment with the strongest possible cards."
Context. On April 5, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine's victory would be Russia's retreat to the borders as of February 24.