Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Schmidt said on Sunday that Ukrainian forces were still fighting in the southeastern port city of Mariupol.
“The city (Mariupol) has not yet collapsed. There are still our troops, our soldiers, so they will fight to the end, and for now, they are still in Mariupol, ”Kiev said in the city after the deadline for Russia’s surrender in Schmidt’s ABC News this week. On Sunday.
“No major city in Ukraine has ever collapsed. Only Kerson is under the control of Russian forces, but the rest of the cities are under Ukrainian control, he added, adding that some of the surrounding cities are “besieged, but still under Ukrainian control.”
He said more than 900 Ukrainian cities, towns and villages had been liberated from Russian occupation since Moscow came under control after the invasion began in late February.
“We are still fighting. We currently have a war in the Donbass area, but we have no intention of giving up,” Schmidt said.
Asked about the current state of diplomacy, he said “Ukraine is ready to end this war” if the “diplomatic route” is possible.
However, if Russia is not ready for talks, he said: “We will not give up, we will not leave our country, our families, our land, we will fight to the end to win this war.”
Schmidt thanked the United States and other stakeholders for their support in providing ammunition, humanitarian and financial assistance.
“Every month of the war there is a budget deficit of about $ 5 billion a month. So we appreciate and are very grateful for any financial assistance from the United States and all our international partners,” he said.
The Prime Minister said Ukraine would receive funding from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the US Treasury during this week’s meetings in Washington.