Zelensky derides Henry K.

Zelensky responds to Kissinger’s calls for Ukrainian compromise

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As we mentioned earlier, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger of being like those who appeased the Nazis in 1938, after Kissinger suggested Ukraine should let Russia keep Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 98-year-old Kissinger said negotiations need to begin in the next two months “before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome”.

“Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante,” he said, suggesting Ukraine agrees to give up much of the Donbas and Crimea.

Zelensky responds: “You get the impression that Mr Kissinger doesn’t have 2022 on his calendar, but 1938, and that he thinks he is talking to an audience not in Davos but in Munich back then.

“By the way, in the real year 1938, when Mr Kissinger’s family was fleeing Nazi Germany, he was 15 years old, and he understood everything perfectly. And nobody heard from him then that it was necessary to adapt to the Nazis instead of fleeing them or fighting them.”

Zelensky says suggesting Ukraine give up territory is convenient, habitual and “often very profitable” for those who do so.

There have been a growing chorus of voices calling for compromise – a call the Ukrainians are unlikely to heed, even as Russian troops increase their bombardment of the east of the country.

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