Contents tagged with Zelensky

  • Zelensky speaks against construction of wall on Donbas border

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during the broadcast of the "Pravo na Vladu" program on the 1+1 TV channel that he doesn't want to allow the construction of a wall on the border with the Donbas and called it "the last option."

    The Ukrainian President recalled that Kyiv had approved five scenarios for the reintegration of the Donbas territories. "The wall is not a plan "B," personally for me it is a plan Z," said Zelensky. According to the Ukrainian President, he would not want this …

  • Zelensky: I am ready to shake hands with Putin hundred times when he returns Crimea

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in the broadcast of the "Pravo na Vladu" program on 1+1 TV channel that he is ready to "shake hands a hundred times" with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he returns the annexed Crimea to Ukraine.

    "If tomorrow we get our land back, temporarily occupied Donbas, I can shake hands with Putin ten times. And if we get the Crimea back, and it will happen one day, I am ready to shake his hand a hundred times," said Zelensky.

    A meeting of the leaders …

  • Ukrainian President calls on EU to maintain sanctions against Russia

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council Charles Michel, said that he hopes that the sanctions against Russia will be extended, reports the press service of the Ukrainian President.

    "I expect that the leaders of the EU Member States will maintain unity in support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as in the continuation of sanctions against the Russian Federation until full implementation of the …

  • Putin's Press Secretary: Putin disagrees with Zelensky's use of term 'occupied Donbas'

    The Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin does not agree with Ukrainian President Zelensky's use of term "the occupied Donbas," which he used during the negotiations at the Normandy Four meeting, reports TASS.

    "During the negotiations, speakers made such a remark every time. They were saying "occupied territories as you say, but we disagree with that," Peskov explained.

    According to him, everyone clearly emphasized their disagreement with one or …

  • Putin warns of ‘carnage’ if Ukraine regains control over border in Donbas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, responding to the speech of the Russian propagandist Kirill Vyshinsky at a meeting of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, said that Ukraine might arrange a massacre in the separatist-held territory of the Donbas. The statement was made several days after the Normandy Four Summit.

    "The Ukrainian side always asks to allow them to close the border by deploying troops. I can imagine that something like the Srebrenica massacre will …

  • Zelensky goes to Normandy Four Summit in Paris ‘armed with information’

    During the meeting of Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), the Secretary of the Council Oleksiy Danilov said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will go to the Normandy Four Summit, which will be held in Paris on December 9, "armed with information" that will be used in the interests of the country. NSDC's meeting was broadcasted on YouTube by Ukrainian TV Channel 5.

    "The President [Zelensky] is going to the Normandy Four meeting armed with certain information, which, …

  • Zelensky on Paris meeting: I want to understand if Putin wants to end the war in Donbas

    On the "Freedom of Speech by Savik Shuster" TV program, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "Yes, all presidents will have bilateral meetings," he said.

    Volodymyr Zelensky said that during the Normandy Four Summit in Paris, all leaders will hold personal meetings. The Ukrainian President also added that he is not nervous before the meeting with Vladimir Putin. The only thing the Ukrainian President is afraid of is the …

  • Zelensky claims he did not know US military aid for Ukraine was frozen when he spoke to Trump

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that when he spoke to US President Donald Trump on the phone, he was unaware that the US was blocking part of its military assistance. He also said that the Trump impeachment scandal is not influencing his work.

    “With all respect to our strategic partner, Ukraine is independent and we have higher priority problems,” he responded at a press conference after meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

    On December 3, citing former Ukrainian …

  • Zelensky to convene a closed meeting of Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council before the Normandy Four Summit

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky intends to hold a closed meeting of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on December 7, reports the NSDC's Secretary Oleksiy Danilov.

    "On Wednesday, Zelensky held a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian security and defense sector. After the meeting, it was decided to hold a closed meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on Saturday, December 7," reads the statement.

    The Normandy Four meeting is …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky promises to fight for ‘lost Donbas residents’

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the German newspaper Der Spiegel in an interview that he does not believe the results of the surveys which claim that most inhabitants of the self-proclaimed Donbas republics say they want to live in Russia.

    “I know that there are those who support Ukraine. The are those who have gotten lost. And there are those who are in favor of Russia. The latter can leave,” said Ukraine’s head of state.

    Zelensky said that each person can choose where he wants …