Zelensky says his country’s forces have slowed down the enemy advance
- He again called for a meeting with Putin, saying it will not be possible to negotiate an end to the war unless they meet
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview with Eurovision News that his country will not submit to ultimatums from Russia.
“People will either leave the city or those who cannot leave will fight till the end. Therefore, an ultimatum, is a bad thing because it will lead to genocide and the destruction of the Ukrainian people,” he told the European Broadcasting Union, an alliance of public broadcasters, on Monday.
Whether it comes to Ukraine’s membership to NATO, or other forms of compromises, it needs to be accepted by the people, Zelenskyy added.
“When you talk about certain changes and they can be historic, we are not going anywhere. We will come to the referendum. Our people will have to say and give an answer to certain formats of compromises,” he said. “What will those be? It will be defined by our conversation and understanding between Ukraine and Russia.”
The president said residents of occupied cities such as Melitopol and Berdyansk will continue to resist Russian forces.
“We hate these troops who are destroying us and killing our people, [and we hate] their policy. We don’t care, if we want peace, we need to sit down and talk,” he added. “The right word is to negotiate. Negotiate as you have to. But to negotiate, not to execute ultimatums.”
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