President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that he was not afraid of a direct conversation with President of the Russian Federation Volodymyr Putin, and he was ready for it. He stated this during a speech in the Verkhovna Rada.
"The war in Donbas has been going on for eight years; it's [almost] eight years since Russia annexed Crimea, and I am not afraid to speak to everyone and speak directly to the Russians. That is why at the same time I am not afraid of a direct conversation with [Russian President Vladimir Putin]. We are not afraid of a direct dialogue," Zelensky said.
Zelensky stressed that he knows which European countries support Ukraine and which ones only pretend to be doing so.
The President acknowledged that Ukraine could not stop the war without direct talks with Russia.
"We must admit that without our troops, we will not be able to stop the war, and we must tell the truth that we will not be able to stop the war without direct talks with Russia, and today all external partners have recognized this," the president added.
As it was reported earlier, Zelensky addressed the Verkhovna Rada with a message on the external and internal situation in Ukraine.