President of Ukraine reminded those seeking to make Ukraine give up territories to Russia about failed attempts to appease the aggressor in 1938.
“No matter what the Russian state does, there is always someone who says: let’s take its interests into account. This year in Davos it was heard again. Despite thousands of Russian missiles hitting Ukraine. Despite tens of thousands of Ukrainians killed. Despite Bucha and Mariupol, etc. Despite the destroyed cities. And despite the “filtration camps” built by the Russian state, in which they kill, torture, rape and humiliate like on a conveyor belt. Russia has done all this in Europe”, - said Volodymyr Zelensky.
In this context, he mentioned the words by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who said that a piece of Ukrainian territory should be given to Russia so that Russia would not be alienated from Europe.
“It seems that Mr. Kissinger’s calendar is not 2022, but 1938, and he thought he was talking to an audience not in Davos, but in Munich of that time. By the way, in the real year 1938, when Mr. Kissinger’s family was fleeing Nazi Germany, he was 15 years old, and he understood everything perfectly. And nobody heard from him then that it was necessary to adapt to the Nazis instead of fleeing them or fighting them”, - the President stressed.
As noted, “symptomatic” editorials began to appear in some Western media stating that Ukraine must allegedly accept so-called difficult compromises by giving up territory in exchange for peace.
Perhaps The New York Times in 1938 also wrote something similar. But now, let me remind you, it is 2022, Zelensky underscored.
“And behind all these geopolitical speculations of those who advise Ukraine to give away something to Russia, "great geopoliticians" are always unwilling to see ordinary people. Ordinary Ukrainians. Millions of those who actually live in the territory they propose to exchange for the illusion of peace”, - said Zelensky.