Ukrainians abroad warn President Zelenskyy about crossing red lines

On October 1, President Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine has acceded to Russia’s demands to accept the so-called ‘Steinmeier Formula’ in exchange for a summit meeting of leaders of the Normandy Four (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia). On October 2, Ukrainians abroad responded to President Zelenskyy’s decision. (To view full statements, please click on the titles below)

Ukrainian World Congress

 

President Zelenskyy must not cross red lines

 

UWC President Paul Grod:

“Agreeing to any Russian demands during the summit of the Normandy leaders that Ukraine hold elections on territory under Russian occupation, or that Ukraine change its strategic course of NATO and EU integration, are red lines that President Zelenskyy must not cross. Crossing these lines will have grave consequences for his presidency, Ukraine’s sovereignty, and the future of peace in Europe.”

 

Ukrainian Canadian Congress

 

Ukraine’s independence, territorial integrity, are non-negotiable

 

UCC President Alexandra Chyczij:

“Many citizens of Ukraine and Ukrainians abroad are very troubled by President Zelenskyy’s concession to Russian conditions to hold a summit meeting. President Zelenskyy needs to make clear that Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity are non-negotiable.”

 

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

 

President Zelenskyy must not agree to Russia’s demands

 

UCCA President Andriy Futey:

“Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, which include Crimea, and regions of the Donets’k and Luhans’k oblasts, were, are, and will be integral parts of independent Ukraine. Before any elections take place in these regions, we must make every effort to return these territories to the control of Ukraine, including by securing a strong international coalition to support Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence… We cannot agree to any Russian demands during the Normandy meetings. There are red lines that President Zelenskyy must not cross.”

 

Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations

 

No discussions about Ukraine without Ukraine

 

Co-chair of the AFUO Stefan Romaniw:

“The red lines on many issues including this have been drawn. The AFUO calls on President Zelenskyy and his administration to hold firm on these. In doing so  he knows that he will have support of all Ukraine loving people in Ukraine and in the diaspora.Together we have withstood Russian bullying and pressure in ensuring Russia does spread its wings into Europe. The international community has acknowledged that Ukraine is the buffer, taking the brunt of the war. Giving into Russia will be deserting the values and principles of 14,000 solders and civilians who have died in the war, and  1.4 million people displaced.”


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