The mayor of Kyiv, Vitaly Klitschkoassured this Wednesday that the objective of Russia is to occupy the capital of Ukraine and invade the entire country, despite the fact that it has currently redeployed its troops to launch an offensive in the east.
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“The Russians try to occupy the whole country. A few years ago, we thought that the target was Crimea, and it is not. (We thought it was the regions of) Donetsk and Lugansk, and it is not. The objective continues to be kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, because the capital has a symbolic status, it is the heart of the country,” Klitschko said at a press conference after speaking electronically before the European Committee of the Regions.
However, “I am more than convinced that we will win,” said the mayor, although he said he did not know when the war would end.
“It is not an easy fight. Now I’m depressed because, to be honest, I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know how long this war will last. I am more than convinced that we will win this fight, but I don’t know, nobody knows, how long it will last. Weeks, months? I hope not years,” Klitschko said.
The mayor stated that the Ukrainians are fighting “for each one” of the Europeans: “Because we defend the same values, we defend our future, because we do not know how far Russia’s imperialist ambition goes.”
“Maybe Slovakia, maybe the Czech Republic, maybe Germany, maybe they have the crazy idea to rebuild the German Democratic Republic, because the president of the Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin) spent a long time as a spy in the former GDR.”
Klitschko I trust that Ukraine win the war because, although “the Russians have more soldiers, more equipment, more potential, everyone must understand that Russian soldiers come to Ukraine for their money and we defend our families and our children.”
“A former combatant once told me -said the mayor- that no matter how big or strong you are, the spirit and the will to win is more important. Ukrainian soldiers are highly motivated to defend their family, and we will win this war because it is our homeland.”
According to Klitschko“life is coming back Kyiv” and affirmed that “the priority, right now”, is to offer citizens services such as electricity, water, heating, public transport, something that “right now, is not as easy as before the war”, in a city in the that have been destroyed, he said, more than 120 buildings.
Still, “the first priority for us is to stop the war and then the second stage is to rebuild the entire country. We will be very happy to carry out a Marshall Plan to rebuild,” he noted.