Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukraine is prepared to discuss adopting a neutral status as part of a peace deal with Russia.
Speaking in a group interview with Russian journalists, President Zelenskyy said Ukraine’s neutrality would have to be guaranteed by third parties and put to a referendum.
In other developments, a leader of one of the separatist regions in Ukraine’s east said he was planning to hold an independence referendum, and Russia confirmed it had used cruise missiles to strike targets in Lviv. During the interview, Zelenskyy said Russia’s invasion had caused the destruction of Russian-speaking cities in Ukraine, and the damage was worse than the Russian wars in Chechnya.
“Security guarantees and neutrality, non-nuclear status of our state. We are ready to go for it. This is the most important point,” he said.
Ukraine was discussing the use of the Russian language in Ukraine in talks with Russia, but refused to discuss other demands, such as demilitarisation, the President said. Zelenskyy said no peace deal would be possible without a ceasefire and troop withdrawals. – THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS