President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has requested the talks with President of Russia Volodymyr Putin to discuss the escalation of the conflict in Donbas. However, he did not receive an answer, as Reuters stated citing Zelensky’s Spokesperson Yulia Mendel.
“The administration of the president, of course, has the request to talk with Vladimir Putin. We have not received an answer yet and we hope that it is not the refusal from a dialogue,” Mendel said.
She also stated that Russia has concentrated over 40,000 military men at the eastern border with Ukraine and over 40,000 soldiers in Crimea.
Official representative of Kremlin Dmitriy Peskov stated that he has not seen such a request on talks recently and he did not know that it was filed recently.
On April 7, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov stated that it only depends only on Russian President Vladimir Putin whether there would be an escalation in Donbas. Commenting on the statement of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak about Russia's withdrawal of troops to the borders of Ukraine, Danilov stated that the Russian Federation did not withdraw its troops from the borders:
On April 8, Head of the Administration of the President of Russia Dmitry Kozak accused Ukraine of imitating the military threat in Donbas. Kozak also believes that the partners in the Normandy format are delaying the negotiation process.
On April 11, Russia excluded the possibility of a war with Ukraine. The Kremlin assured that it would not accept this scenario.