As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine drags on with little development in negotiations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned in a modern interview that he’s originate to a compromise engaging Ukrainian “neutrality” and ensures for his nation’s safety.
Nonetheless Zelensky advised the Ukrainian folks would must vote on such compromises, and he called on Russia to desire its forces beforehand in a lengthy interview with Russian journalists published Sunday. “A referendum is rarely any longer possible when there might be the presence of troops,” he mentioned, adding that any consequence from an occupied nation would be “illegitimate.”
Ukraine voted in 2014 to plunge its “neutral” mutter and watch NATO membership after Russia attacked and annexed Crimea. Nonetheless Zelensky mentioned lately that joining NATO looks no longer possible, with the Kremlin viewing any expansion of the Western alliance as a risk.
Zelensky acknowledged in the modern interview that Moscow wouldn’t liberate all contested territory and advised additional negotiations over “the advanced convey of Donbas,” the japanese Ukrainian set of abode the set pro-Russian separatists possess fought for years. In a video posted later to Telegram, Zelensky mentioned, “We’re looking out out peace, if fact be told. Genuine away.”
Right here’s what to know
- Russia’s communications regulator warned Russian media no longer to publish the interview with the Ukrainian president and mentioned it will examine outlets that performed it. “They destroyed freedom of speech in their mutter,” Zelensky spoke back in a video address.
- President Biden mentioned Sunday that he’s no longer advocating regime alternate in Moscow, echoing aides who possess scrambled to clarify Biden’s unscripted observation a day earlier that Russian President Vladimir Putin “can not live in vitality.” French President Emmanuel Macron warned in opposition to “escalation of phrases and actions” after Biden’s comments drew worldwide consideration.
- The head of Ukraine’s militia intelligence accused Russia on Sunday of trying to divide his nation in two — “to fabricate North and South Korea in Ukraine” — with the japanese section controlled by Russia.
- The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel for updates.
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