Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said today that Russia’s leadership cannot be trusted and that any negotiation to end the war cannot take place before the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian territories they have occupied.
In a press conference following the conclusion of the tripartite meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Zelenskiy said of the prospect of finding a diplomatic solution to end the war: “People who kill, rape, beat the our cities with missiles every day, they cannot want peace. They must first leave our territory and then we see…”.
In particular, regarding the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, whose security has caused international concern, he underlined that Russia must stop its attacks in the region and immediately withdraw its troops from the plant’s facilities.
Before the tripartite meeting, the president of Ukraine had visited a military hospital in Lviv where he met the wounded and discussed with the staff. “Russia is not going to win this war. Thank you for defending the territory of Ukraine,” Zelensky told wounded soldiers, whom he called “heroes” and awarded medals.