Ukrainian President offers Vladimir Putin a meeting in the conflict zone

Clashes have increased in Ukraine since the start of the year between the army and pro-Russian separatists. At the same time, Moscow has deployed tens of thousands of troops near the Ukrainian border.

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An outstretched hand. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invited his Russian homogue, Vladimir Putin, to a meeting on Tuesday April 20 in the conflict zone with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. “Mr. Putin! I am ready (…) to offer to meet me in any place in the Ukrainian Donbass where the war continues”, he declared in Russian in a speech to the Nation, evoking the need to save “millions of lives”.

“Does Ukraine want a war. No. Is it ready for it? Yes”, nevertheless hammered, in Ukrainian, the head of state. “We are not destroying other lands and other peoples. But that does not mean that we will allow ourselves to be destroyed.”, he added.

After a widely respected truce during the second half of 2020, clashes have increased since the start of the year between Kiev’s forces and the separatists, of which Russia is widely seen as the military and financial godfather. At the same time, tensions have increased with Moscow, which has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers near the Ukrainian border in recent weeks, raising fears of a large-scale military operation. Ukraine accuses Russia of looking for a pretext to invade it, while Moscow has assured “do not threaten anyone” while denouncing “Provocation” Ukrainian.

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