Putin is set to meet with Zelenski – not, as Zelensky suggested, in eastern Ukraine, but in the Russian capital Moscow, reported to the Interfax news agency. “If it is about developing mutual relations, please. We get the President of Ukraine in Moscow at any time which is convenient for him, ”said Putin.
Against the backdrop of the tense situation in eastern Ukraine, Zelensky first proposed a meeting with the Kremlin chief in the conflict zone of Dombas. In a speech in Russian, the 43-year-old said, “I am ready to go ahead and propose a meeting at any point in the Ukrainian Donbas.”
Putin said that if Zalensky wanted to discuss the problems in Donbas, he would have to talk to the leaders of eastern Ukrainian separatist areas in Luhansk and Luhansk Donetsk To meet.
For nearly seven years, parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions along the Russian border have been controlled by pro-Russian rebels. According to UN estimates, more than 13,000 people have died since the conflict in 2014. A peace plan has been agreed in 2015.
Ukrainian soldiers apparently killed by rebels towards Moscow
Recently, the deployment of a large-scale Russian contingent near the border with Ukraine caused unrest in and around Kiev Again Took care of on Thursday Russia finally announced the withdrawal of troops. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the goals of military maneuvers have been achieved. At first it was not clear whether this would mean the withdrawal of all troops.
Zelensky welcomed the withdrawal of Russian troops. “The tension decreases according to the reduction in the number of troops on the border,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter. According to the Ukrainian military, despite the current ceasefire, a soldier was killed on Thursday as a result of shelling by rebels towards Moscow. The rebels, in turn, accused government troops of shelling civilian objects on the western outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Donalinsk.