Apr 11, 2022 12:54 UTC
  • White House National Security adviser: US seeks to weaken and isolate Russia

The United States says it ultimately wants to see an “independent Ukraine” and “a weakened and isolated Russia,” ratcheting up Washington’s offensive against Moscow over the military campaign in Ukraine.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan was asked on Sunday if the Biden administration is going to do whatever it takes to ensure that Ukraine wins its war against Russia.

“Our policy is unequivocal that we will do whatever we can to help Ukraine succeed. And it will be … President Zelensky and the democratically elected government of Ukraine that determines what that success constitutes,” said Sullivan.

“But at the end of the day, what we want to see is a free and independent Ukraine, a weakened and isolated Russia, and a stronger, more unified, more determined West,” he added. “We believe that all three of those objectives are in sight, can be accomplished.”

Thousands of Ukrainians have fled eastern Ukraine as officials in Kiev say they are preparing for “big battles” against the Russian forces there.

“Ukraine is ready for big battles. Ukraine must win them, including in the Donbass. And once that happens, Ukraine will have a more powerful negotiating position,” Zelenskyy’s adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said on national television, as quoted by the Interfax news agency.

Evacuations resumed on Saturday from Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine, where a missile strike killed 52 people at a railway station a day earlier, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the latest Western leader to visit Kiev.

Sullivan warned of the possibility of more hardships for Ukraine, noting the appointment of a new Russian general, known for carrying out brutal attacks, to lead the war.

“We’ve seen scorched-earth warfare already, we’ve seen atrocities and war crimes, and mass killings and horrifying and shocking images from towns like Bucha and the rocket attack at Kramatorsk,” he said.