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Zelensky: End of war only if Russia withdraws from Crimea and eastern Ukraine

With the background armistice scenarios based on the Korean scenariothe Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky declared that there can be no “lasting peace in Ukraine, or even in Europe” until Russia withdraws from Crimea, Donbas and other occupied territories in his country.

“Crimea, a peninsula that used to attract tourists and businesses, is now an occupied and militarized area that cannot be developed,” he said via video conference at The European House – Ambrosetti business forum in Chernobyl, Italy.

“Look at what happened in Crimea. Did the occupation bring culture, tourism, business? None of that,” Zelensky said.

“Ukraine and all other countries that respect international law do not recognize” Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and “neither do companies,” he noted, calling on Moscow to withdraw its troops.

“Russia is trying to hide its weakness by sowing chaos and terror”Zelensky estimated.

Referring to death of the head of the Wagner mercenary organization Yevgeny Prigozhinthe Ukrainian president estimated that “if it is true that Putin killed Prigozhin, this is a new show of weakness.” “Remember Prigozhin’s march in Moscow? Certainly she did not show Putin’s power, she was afraid of Prigozhin,” he said.

“It is time to take strong decisions for our security, Europe’s security and global security”Zelenskiy emphasized, thanking Italy for its support, before the assembled audience of businessmen who will be on the shores of Lake Como in the north until Sunday.

Source: News Beast

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