Sunhurovskyi: Putin himself will seek negotiations if Ukriane does not falter

Ukraine’s goal in its war with Russia to reclaim its state borders as of 23 February, as voiced by the Ukrainian side, is a weak position. Today, when the West is totally pro-Ukrainian and views our country as anti-Russia, there is an opportunity to bolster our position.

In particular, it is possible to block the Russian "Druzhba" oil pipeline passing through the territory of Ukraine, as well as to unblock the ports in the Black Sea without concessions to the Kremlin. Currently, the head of the aggressor country, Vladimir Putin, is not ready to lose, but when the Ukrainian army reaches the state borders as of 2011, he himself will ask for negotiations.

This opinion was expressed by Mykola Sunhurovskyi, Director of the Razumkov Centre’s Military Programmes, in an exclusive interview with OBOZREVATEL.

Mykola Sunhurovskyi

Director, Military Programmes

Born in 1951 in Moscow.


Orenburg Higher Military Air Defence Forces School (1972);

Kyiv Air Defence Forces Academy (1982);

Higher School of Entrepreneurship, Kyiv Institute of National Economy (1991).

Ph. D. in Technical Sciences, Senior Research Fellow, the author of more than 90 publications.

Colonel (Ret.) with 31 years of military service, half of that term — at research institutions. Research profile — systems analysis, strategic planning, analysis methods, national security.


Most recent position in state bodies — Department Chief at the Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff;

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre Programme Co-ordinator;

Since February 2000 — Freelance Consultant to the National Security and Defence Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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