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Zelensky to Putin: If Russians and Ukrainians were one people, hryvnia would circulate in Moscow

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At the same time, Zelensky admits that in the future there may be "something in common" between Ukraine and Russia
12:23, 1 July 2021

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainians and Russians were not one people. The president stated this in an interview with the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

According to him, the two peoples have a common part of history, memory, neighborhood, common victory over fascism and common tragedies, but "Ukrainians and Russians are definitely not the same people."

"Let's finally dot the i's. We are definitely not one people," Zelensky said.

According to him, "if Ukrainians and Russians were one people, then hryvnia, most likely, would circulate in Moscow, and a yellow-blue flag would fly over the State Duma."

He admitted that in the future there may be something else in common between the countries, "if it is not too late to stop the total separation between the countries."

"We really should have one goal - to end the war in Donbas, to return its territories to Ukraine. And one more thing - it is impossible to simultaneously talk about "one people" and openly seize our territories and continue the massacre in Donbas. This is obvious." Zelensky said.

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Let us remind you that today during the Direct Line, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ukrainians and Russians were "one people."

"I do not consider the Ukrainian people unfriendly. I have already said this many times and I can repeat it again. I believe that Ukrainians and Russians are, in fact, one people," Putin said.

Later, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that Ukrainians and Russians were two different peoples who "could live in the spirit of good neighborliness."

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