India, Ukraine discuss Ukrainian Peace Plan
22 February, 2023 | Pragati Singh
Ukraine is still fighting on the battlefield while also proposing a peace plan.
On Monday, Andriy Yermak, Head of the President’s Office of Ukraine, and Ajit Kumar Doval, National Security Advisor to Indian Prime Minister, discussed the Ukrainian Peace Plan, a ten-point Peace Formula that provides comprehensive answers to the question of what needs to be done to end the war in a sustainable and just manner.
According to Yermak, Ukraine is still fighting on the battlefield while also proposing a peace plan. According to the official website of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the draught resolution on support for the principles of the UN Charter, which form the basis of the Ukrainian Peace Formula, will be considered by the UN General Assembly on February 23.
The peace treaty is founded on fundamental principles such as state sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within internationally recognised borders.
“Cooperation with India is very important to us. We believe that you will support our resolution, as it contains very correct wording on the inviolability of borders and territorial integrity. Our goals are transparent and clear: we do not claim a single centimetre of Russian territory, we just want to get ours back,” Yermak said during a telephonic conversation with Ajit Kumar Doval.
Yermak briefed his interlocutor on the current situation at the front, focusing on the extremely difficult defence of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.
“We know that Russia is preparing certain offensive actions, and we are preparing to respond. The Russian army is very unmotivated, while Ukrainian warriors are showing extraordinary bravery and resilience. We will not stop until we liberate all our territories. We only need weapons,” the Head of the Presidential Office said.
Andriy Yermak stated that Ukraine seeks the broadest possible support for its peace initiative, particularly from countries in the Global South.
The Head of the President’s Office emphasised the importance of establishing a new effective global security system to replace the ineffective one that existed until February 24, 2022.
“This resolution is fundamental for us because it restores respect for international law and the UN Charter in the world. It is very important to protect the territorial integrity of any state in the world in order to prevent any attempts by one country to appropriate the territory of another one in the future,” emphasized Andriy Yermak, according to the President of Ukraine’s official website.
Andriy Yermak believes that these principles are shared by India and the majority of the world’s countries.
According to Yermak, Ukraine welcomes any initiative that gives a chance to end the war and restore our country’s territorial integrity, but these should not be partial temporary solutions like a ceasefire, but rather a complete withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory. Otherwise, the peace will be insecure, which is unacceptable for Ukraine.
“We are absolutely convinced that the war can and should be ended this year, so that the anniversary of the beginning of the full-scale invasion will be the first and last in our history,” emphasized Andriy Yermak.
On the eve of the UN General Assembly vote, the parties agreed to keep in close contact.