Volodymyr Zelensky: I am the leader of Ukraine, not mini Ukraine

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Volodymyr Zelensky: I am the leader of Ukraine, not mini Ukraine

Last night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the condition for reaching a peace agreement with Russia and a point on which there are no negotiations is that Russian troops must withdraw to the positions they held before the invasion began.

The withdrawal of Russian forces is minimal, which Ukraine can agree to, although Zelensky did not talk about Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. "I am the leader of Ukraine, not mini Ukraine," Zelensky said. Russian forces are currently trying to gain complete control over the port city of Mariupol, which has been under siege since the beginning of the aggression.

Civilians are still there, along with Ukrainian forces inside the Azovstal steel plant, which is under constant attack. If it finally conquers Mariupol, it would be the Russian army's biggest victory in two months of war and would give Russian President Vladimir Putin reason to celebrate at the announced parade on May 9, Victory Day in Russia, when the country celebrates the Soviet Union's victory over the Nazis in World War II.

world war. "To stop the war between Russia and Ukraine the step should be regaining the situation as of 23 February," he said in response to a question from the BBC, referring to the day before the war began. "I was elected by the people of Ukraine as president of Ukraine, not as president of a mini Ukraine of some kind.

This is a very important point," he added."

The Ukrainian president called for the resumption of diplomatic dialogue.

"Despite the fact that they destroyed all our bridges, I think not all the bridges are yet destroyed, figuratively speaking," Zelenski added.

The Russian side is of the opinion that the negotiations on the establishment of peace are in a phase of stagnation. Zelenski called on the citizens to listen to the emergency calls, look for shelters, and not move through the forests and territories that the Russian army passed through due to the danger of mines.

Yesterday, the Ukrainian president awarded the members of the General Staff of the Armed Forces with the Medal of Military Merit.