Ukraine’s president, Volodimir Zelenskyy has said Russia demanding security guarantees from Kyiv demonstrates the failure of Moscow’s invasion after eight months of fighting.
On Wednesday November 1, Russia resumed its participation in the UN-brokered grain deal that it had left days earlier, saying it had received written security guarantees from Ukraine on demilitarizing the maritime corridor.
In televised comments, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, “having received the necessary guarantees from the Ukrainian side that the humanitarian route will not be used for military purposes, Russia resumes the implementation of the grain deal.”
In his nightly address on Wednesday, November 2, the wartime leader said;
“252 days ago, Russia demanded security guarantees from the United States of America. After eight months of Russia’s so-called ‘special operation,’ the Kremlin is demanding security guarantees from Ukraine. These are indeed striking changes.”
“It shows both the failure of Russian aggression and how strong we are when we remain united,” Zelensky added.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 with intentions to topple the Zelenskyy led regime but have received setbacks on the battlefield and are currently battling to hold on to the Donbas region, the industrialized area of Ukraine comprising of it’s south and Eastern cities.