Zelensky publicly invited Putin to meet in Donbass
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to Russian leader Vladimir Putin and invited him to meet in Donbass, writes "Lenta.ru".
His appeal is published on the page in Facebook.
"Mr. Putin, I am ready to invite you to meet anywhere in Donbass where the war is going on," Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian president noted that at the meetings of the Normandy Four and the security subgroup in the Trilateral Contact Group, a proposal was made to meet on the contact line in order to see and understand the situation as accurately as possible.
“What should I understand? I go there every month, ”he stressed.
Zelenskiy also added that despite a shared past, Russia and Ukraine see the future differently.
“But it’s not necessarily a problem, it’s an opportunity — before it’s too late — to stop the deadly mathematics of future war losses,” he said.
Since the end of March, a sharp deterioration in the situation has been observed in the zone of armed conflict in the Donbass; the parties note an increase in shelling and the concentration of military equipment on the line of contact. In this regard, Ukraine accuses Russia of building up its military presence in the region as a country responsible for the conflict.
Negotiations within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbass are deadlocked.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- In early April, Russian investigators with the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) discovered a new field army camp near the Ukrainian border in the Voronezh region of Russia. The investigators note that the troop movements that are now taking place are the largest since 2015. Many observers believe that such actions by the Kremlin are an information and psychological operation of pressure on the Ukrainian authorities and the new US administration.
- Back in early April, the European Command of the US Armed Forces increased its combat readiness to its highest level since renewed fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian soldiers in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, marking the end of the June 2020 ceasefire.
- Joe Biden's administration and the international community expressed concern about rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Department of Defense Chief Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milli and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan have been talking to their Ukrainian counterparts. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US was "deeply concerned" about Russia's actions.
- The authorities of Russia and Ukraine, against the background of the aggravation of the situation around Donbass, exchanged contradictory statements. In Kiev they say that Vladimir Zelensky wanted to talk to Vladimir Putin, but did not receive consent. Moscow states that they have not received a request for a conversation.
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