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Zelensky: I was elected president to end the war

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that if a person in Donbas did not consider himself Ukrainian, he could not get into his brain and prove the opposite
11:30, 10 October 2019

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said ending the war in Donbas was the main goal of his presidency. Zelensky noted this answering the journalists’ questions at Kyiv Food Market press marathon. The meeting is broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“I was elected president, I want to remind you which Zelensky was elected by society. The president would end the war. That is why such Zelensky remains. And I will always remain such a person. How will we stop this? We will be discussing the plans on how we can do this. However, my main goal is my mainline. I am this kind of person. I am saying that I want to end this war and I think that is my mission for these five years,” Zelensky said.  

According to him, the main mistake of Ukraine was that the authorities could not help the internally displaced persons and they returned back.

“I think our main mistake was when a lot of people came from the temporarily occupied part of the country. People came here to us and we as the authorities, not ordinary people, but us, the authorities did not provide them with housing, workplaces and help. As the authorities, we did not provide many people properly, and many of them left and returned simply seeking shelter. They are civilians and they never fought, they are normal living people,” he said.

President Zelensky said that if a person in Donbas did not consider himself Ukrainian, he could not get into his brain and prove the opposite.

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“I address all Ukrainians, and if in Donbas a person thinks that he is not Ukrainian, I cannot get into his brain right now, I cannot explain it. This is his vision and this is his wish. Therefore, all people who live there and they know, think and feel themselves Ukrainians, they need to know that we are not leaving them, we are not abandoning them, we will definitely return them together with the territories - this is our plan A,” he said.    

As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky will take part in a press marathon on October 10. According to the press service of the President, the event will start at 10:00 a.m. at Kyiv Food Market.

Zelensky will be answering journalists' questions throughout the day. Media representatives will be asking him questions in groups of 7-10 people. Groups will change each other every half an hour. They will be formed according to the accreditation list.

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