London, Monday, 21 Monday 2022
On Thursday, Poland's prime minister claimed that Russia plans to seize one-third of Ukraine soon in order to bolster its bargaining position.
Premier Mateusz Morawiecki remarked on CNN International in a live interview: "The Russian troops appear to be regrouping and reforming. I believe they will attempt to surround Ukrainian soldiers in the Donbas region very soon. After capturing one-third of Ukraine's territory, they will most likely wish to talk from a position of strength."
Russia is afraid of long-term sanctions, according to Morawiecki, and the war can only be ended "by implementing a genuine crushing set of penalties, overwhelming sanctions, since this is the only thing with which Russia counts."
He stated that Poland is doing all possible to prevent the purchase of Russian oil and natural gas.
"It is absurd that a large country in the third decade of the twenty-first century may swallow a smaller country simply because the larger country wants all of the smaller country's resources. This is taking place right in front of our eyes "he stated
The Polish prime minister also stated that Russia is prepared for a conflict in the next months, but that he is unsure whether the European Union and NATO are.
He continued, "We cannot enable Russia to commit all of those war crimes in Ukraine."
The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, has sparked international indignation, with the EU, the United States, and the United Kingdom, among others, imposing harsh financial sanctions on Moscow.
According to UN estimates, at least 1,232 civilians have been killed and 1,935 injured in Ukraine, with the exact tally expected to be much higher.
According to the UN refugee agency, more than 4 million Ukrainians have fled to neighbouring countries, with millions more internally displaced.
(Research and edit by: The Decision Maker – International Relations editors)