Zelenskyy: "This year will be decisive for victory"

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

© APA | Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

# 03 May 2023 17:03 (UTC +04:00)

After morning talks with the Finnish President, Zelenskyy will meet with other Nordic leaders during Wednesday afternoon, APA reports citing Euronews.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that 2023 will be "decisive for victory" as his country continues to battle a full-scale Russian invasion.

Zelenskyy is making a rare foreign visit to Finland for meetings with Nordic leaders, at a summit hosted by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

At a Wednesday lunchtime press conference, Zelenskyy said he was working with Finland and other Nordic partners on more military aid packages -- which he described as "crucial" -- and a new round of sanctions which he said the Kremlin was "constantly trying to evade."

Before he left Kyiv, Zelenskyy released a video Tuesday evening where he said that Ukraine was "closely monitoring how the terrorist state [Russia] is trying to circumvent sanctions, recording each such direction, and working together with our partners to block it."

"We are preparing a large sanctions package. The decision will be made soon," he added. He also said that he believed this year would be "decisive for victory" as Ukrainian forces plan for a much-anticipated counteroffensive against entrenched Russian forces.

In Helsinki, Zelenskyy referenced Finland's Winter War against Russia in 1939-1940, when it was faced with an opponent of overwhelming size, but still somehow managed to defeat the might of the Russian forces. Zelenskyy said it was an "historic winter fight for freedom" which he compared to "our brave fight now" in Ukraine.