Ukraine is embracing a mindset of "winning the war and preserving the peace" as it looks toward the future. The country envisions a path of joining NATO and the European Union, which signifies a commitment to democratic progress, reforms, investment, and the reconstruction of the state following military operations.
Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko conveyed these sentiments during the Kyiv Security Forum, RBC reports. Poroshenko outlined two potential scenarios for Ukraine's security. The first scenario entails receiving security guarantees but with the outcome resembling a mere replication of the Budapest Memorandum. Under this circumstance, Ukraine would, at best, receive weapons to sustain its ongoing hostilities, drawing a parallel with Israel's situation.
However, Poroshenko highlighted the inherent risks of such a scenario, pointing out the perpetual nature of the conflict and the heavy toll it would exact on Ukrainians. Notably, Ukraine finds itself at war with the world's second-largest nuclear power, distinguishing its predicament from that of Israel's conflict with Gaza. Poroshenko underscored the disparity in cost and sacrifice, making it clear that Ukraine cannot accept security guarantees if they lead to an unending war.
In addition to these two scenarios, Poroshenko presented a third option. In this scenario, Ukraine would resemble a non-aligned Afghanistan — a nation deprived of Western weapons and security assurances, ultimately functioning as a dictatorship.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Vladyslav Zelenskyi emphasized that a diplomatic resolution to the war can only be achieved once all Russian troops have been completely withdrawn.