President Volodymyr Zelensky announced his readiness for dialogue with the population that lives in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions - not with the so-called ‘power’ in occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk region. He made the corresponding statement during his speech at the Munich Security Conference, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
The Ukrainian leader noted that “complete silence” in the Donbas has not yet been ensured.
"Over almost two months, more than 400 attacks on Ukrainian positions were recorded, as a result of which Ukrainian troops continue to die," Zelensky said.
The President emphasized that effective mechanisms are needed, according to which a ceasefire will occur "not in words, but in real life."
“We are convinced that such an effective mechanism is a direct dialogue with the so-called local authorities in the occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk region. We are ready for dialogue with the civilian population of these territories, but not with those who are unrecognized from the point of view of international law, and therefore cannot represent the local population of Ukraine," Zelensky stated.
As we reported before, Ukraine will continue to do everything so that the next summit in the Normandy format takes place in April 2020. The President Volodymyr Zelensky stated this during a speech at the Munich Security Conference.