No negotiations with the Russian Federation regarding the end of the war are currently possible, since the Russian side cannot formulate any adequate positions, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said during his speech at the 17th annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES) “Ukraine: Defending All Our Freedom”.

“We want to end the war, but the space and opportunities have changed. Society does not want to talk to terrorists. Although one can communicate even with terrorists, because they know what they want,” the Head of State said.

He also noted that as for the Russian side, there is no confidence that they will keep their promises.

“I think they won’t. No one believes,” the President emphasised.

According to him, first of all, it is necessary for Russia to leave Ukrainian territories and stop behaving like terrorists, and only then can we talk about diplomacy.

“In order for us to open a diplomatic corridor with them, they must show political will, that they are ready to give back foreign land. Then we can talk at least about some corridors that open certain diplomatic steps,” Zelensky explained.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation tried to justify the shameful defeat of its troops in the Kharkiv region. The Russian command stated that the occupier groups stationed in Balakliya and Izyum in the Kharkiv region allegedly deliberately regrouped and moved to reinforce units in the Donetsk direction.

Bohdan Marusyak

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