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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday said that Russia had “already lost the war in Ukraine.”
Watch Psaki’s remarks in the player above.
Pressed by a reporter to define what victory looked like for Ukraine, Psaki instead said that Russia had failed in its own objectives by invading the neighboring country.
“He wanted this to be a moment to divide NATO, to divide the west,” Psaki said. “Clearly that is not what is happening.”
On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country could not accept a deal with Moscow that would allow Russian troops to remain in occupied territory.
Speaking to participants in the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit, Zelenskyy said Ukrainian forces had halted the Russian offensive in what he described as the first stage of the conflict.
In the second stage, he said, Ukraine would expel Russian troops from its territory and in the third, would move to fully restore its territorial integrity.
Psaki said the United States was “going to do everything we can to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity and to strengthen the Ukrainians hands on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.”
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