President Volodymyr Zelenskiy tried to talk to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after the death of four soldiers in Donbas, but Putin refused. Oleksiy Arestovych, the advisor to the Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) and advisor to the head of the President's Office, spoke about this in an interview with Radio Liberty.
According to him, after the death of four servicemen and the injury of two on March 26 near Shumy, Zelensky tried to hold consultations with all the leaders of the Normandy Four, including Putin.
"As far as I know, although this is higher than my level, it was possible (it is necessary to check with the presidential press service) to hold negotiations with Macron and Merkel. Putin refused. And the next day there was a corresponding statement from Russian part that we did not see what to talk about," said Arestovych.
On March 30, the leaders of the Normandy Four - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron - discussed the escalation in Donbas, but the conversation took place without Zelensky's participation.
On March 31, the Ukrainian side, during a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on resolving the situation in Donbas, proposed returning to the ceasefire from April 1. Representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe supported the initiative, offering to adopt a joint agreed statement, but Russia refused.