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Watch: ‘We Will Never Give Up Our Land In Return For Peace,’ Ukrainian Family Says With High Spirits Of Winning War

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A Ukrainian family who survived the war outbreak in their hometown of Mariupol has strongly stated that they would never agree to give up their land in return for peace.

In an exclusive interview, Lovin Malta sat down with a Ukrainian family that had no choice but to flee from their home, with a 10-month-old baby in hand. 

“No, we will never agree to give up our land in return for peace,” Mykyta Olshanskyi told Lovin Malta.

“We have been feeling this war coming since 2014, and we would sometimes hear the attacks and bombing in the city,” he said, referring to the Russian invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

“I believe that if we were to agree to give up some territories then we will never be safe, because [Russian President Vladimir] Putin will think that this can continue later on,” Olshanskyi explained. 

“At this point, he would think that what he did was okay and that we will willingly give up territory – no, that’s not the case,” he said.

Olshanskyi also expressed his high spirits about Ukraine winning the war against Russia and said he is confident that all will turn out in his country’s favour eventually.

“When we were still in Mariupol it was really scary there – when you see all of those attacks, weapons and tanks which were surrounding Mariupol, situated in the streets and terrorising civilians – you start to think – ‘Oh my god, maybe we’re losing,” he said.

“But eventually when we managed to leave Mariupol, read all of the news, and reached a safe place, we could see that the war is not happening in all parts of Ukraine – then we understood that Ukraine is going to win, and we know that we will win.”

“The question is when will it happen and how long will it take to do this and how many more victims will it take?” he questioned.

Watch the full exclusive interview:

Would you give up your country’s land in return for peace? 

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When Sasha (formerly known as Sasha Tas-Sigar) is not busy writing about environmental injustice, she's probably fighting for women's rights. Follow her at @saaxhaa on Instagram, and send her anything related to the environment, art, and women's rights at [email protected]

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