Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has announced that he will let his people decide on any possible “compromise” in negotiations with Russia.
The terms of a possible deal could mark “historic” changes, the head of state said in an interview with the Suspilne news website published on Monday night. The Ukrainian side will finally decide on this in a referendum.
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Since the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine began on February 24, negotiators from kyiv and Moscow have met for several rounds of negotiations. Turkey, which has assumed a mediating role, reported progress in the talks on Sunday.
The negotiations are therefore, among other things, about the “neutrality” of Ukraine demanded by Russia, the status of the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and the status of the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea, annexed by Russia in 2014.
Zelenskyy on Sunday defended the failed talks and confirmed that he was ready to “negotiate” with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. The Ukrainian president rejects a capitulation of his country. On Monday he stressed: “Ukraine cannot accept a Russian ultimatum.” He ruled out a “surrender” of the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Mariupol to Russia. (AFP)