The verb is хотіти. Case is accusative, for this noun it's the same as nominative
If you say "I don't like cake" it means you don't like cake in general. "I don't like the cake" means you don't like some specific cake you have in mind. "I don't like a cake" doesn't sound very meaningful.
Now try to write this sentence in Ukrainian! :)
(I will help if something is wrong)
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