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Blinken, in Ukraine, says Russia needs to acknowledge that ‘they failed’

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Ukraine Thursday that Russia has to get to a point “where they acknowledge that they failed” in the war, and Russian President Vladimir Putin “right now shows no evidence that he is interested in meaningful diplomacy.” 

Blinken made the remarks to NBC during a visit to a school in Yahidne, north of Kyiv, which the network says was used to hold hundreds of Ukrainians, many who died following torture and deprivation carried out by occupying Russian forces before they were driven away in heavy combat. 

“The Russians have to get to a point where they acknowledge that they failed. They are not going to succeed,” Blinken said. “They already failed in what they were trying to do, which was to erase Ukraine from the map, to end its identity as an independent country, to subsume it into Russia. That’s failed.” 

“There is no one to go to the table with in the case of Ukraine because Putin right now shows no evidence that he is interested in meaningful diplomacy,” Blinken added. 

 

“We’re engaged in assisting the Government of Ukraine on anti-corruption efforts and on efforts to ensure accountability and full transparency of all the assistance we’re providing as well as the security of U.S.-provided defense articles and technologies. President Zelenskyy and I discussed these issues today and the importance to Ukraine’s democratic future of continued reforms and the fight against corruption,” Blinken said. 

Fox News’ Lawrence Richard and Michael Lee contributed to this report. 

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.

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