“It looks like the Ukrainians have just won an extraordinary victory, where the only regional capital that Russia had taken in this war is now back under a Ukrainian flag,” Sullivan told reporters on Air Force One as President Joe Biden en route. was to a summit in Cambodia.
Sullivan rejected the call for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to be open to peace talks with the Kremlin. He said Ukraine is “the party of peace” in the conflict, while Russia is “the party of war”. Russia could end the war simply by withdrawing from Ukraine, he noted. But if Kiev’s armed forces stop fighting, “it would mean the end of Ukraine,” Sullivan warned.
Kherson has been occupied by Russia since the first weeks of the war. But in recent months, fate has turned sharply against the Kremlin’s forces as Ukrainian forces with advanced weapons from the US and other NATO countries began to take territory in the northeast and south.
Zelenskyy declared Kherson recaptured in a video address posted on his Telegram channel on Friday.