There are no relations between Ukraine and Russia since the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the conflict in Donbas. Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, said so at a briefing after the meeting with Austrian counterpart Alexander van der Bellen.
"Unfortunately, we lost the meaning of this word (relations, - 112 International). We lost it after Russia illegally annexed Crimea and the war began in the country's East", Zelensky said.
According to the President, previously, the relations between Ukraine and Russia used to be great - but now they aren't, as 14,000 people deceased since the beginning of the action in Donbas, and Crimea remains occupied.
However, the President claimed that the countries began a dialogue that already brought its fruit, namely the ceasefire in Donbas.
"After all, we managed to bring 140 detainees home. I believe it is the beginning of the dialogue. But it's too soon to speak about any relations now", Zelensky said.
The head of the state claimed that Ukraine has intentions to end the war, and bring back its people and territories.