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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister has warned “no sanctions will be enough” until Russian forces leave Ukraine.

“No sanctions will be enough until Russian boots withdraw from Ukrainian soil,” Dmytro Kuleba told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told officials in Washington on Tuesday that sanctions against Russia will not be enough.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told officials in Washington on Tuesday that sanctions against Russia will not be enough. (AP)
Earlier on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT), US President Joe Biden unveiled tough new sanctions to punish Moscow, describing the events underway in Ukraine as “the beginning of a Russian invasion.”

Mr Kuleba told Tapper those sanctions are “just the beginning of the process of deterring President Putin and making him withdraw,” adding that it “certainly won’t be enough.”

Mr Kuleba, asked by Tapper what he thinks Putin’s intentions are, said on Tuesday that Putin’s “ultimate goal is to destroy Ukraine.”

“He is not interested in parts of Ukraine. He is not interested in even keeping the entire country in his control. He wants idea of the Ukrainian statehood to fail,” the foreign minister continued.

Mr Kuleba met with Mr Biden and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin in Washington on Tuesday.

Ukrainians gather for "Mariupol is Ukraine" in a show of patriotic solidarity to denounce Russia's attempt of a potential invasion.
Ukrainians gather for “Mariupol is Ukraine” in a show of patriotic solidarity to denounce Russia’s attempt of a potential invasion. (AP)

He also spoke with reporters at the State Department alongside US Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier in the day.

Mr Blinken announced during the appearance that he had cancelled a planned meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva this week following Putin’s announcement of an invasion.

Mr Blinken said the US remains committed to diplomacy “if Russia is prepared to take demonstrable steps to provide the international community with any degree of confidence it’s serious about de-escalating and finding a diplomatic solution.”

Mr Blinken said Putin’s remarks on Monday had confirmed “his plan all along has been to invade Ukraine,” and that Russia’s issues with NATO have just been “an excuse to mask the fact that what this is about is President Putin’s view that Ukraine is not a sovereign country.”

Mr Kuleba said during his State Department remarks that Ukraine has no plans to evacuate Mariupol and Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine following Mr Putin’s orders.

Satellite imagery provided by Maxar Technologies shows a close up of field hospital and troop deployment in western Belgorod, Russia as tensions with Ukraine continue to escalate.
Satellite imagery provided by Maxar Technologies shows a close up of field hospital and troop deployment in western Belgorod, Russia as tensions with Ukraine continue to escalate. (AP)

He said his nation has two plans: diplomacy, and, if that fails, fighting to defend itself.

“Plan A is to utilise every tool of diplomacy to deter Russia and prevent further escalation,” he said.

“And if that fails, plan B is to fight for every inch of our land, in every city and every village — to fight until we win, of course.”

Sanya Sotkin in one of his Instagram photos.

Russian soldier posts goofy selfies from Ukraine

Asked by Tapper later on Tuesday to share his message to Americans wondering why they should care, Mr Kuleba said in part that “if Putin succeeds in Ukraine, other players across the globe who want to change rules, who want to bypass the United States, they will see that this is possible — that the West is incapable of defending what it stands for.”

Source: 9News

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