Zelensky prolonged the invitation on Tuesday evening throughout a public tackle, urging Putin to revive a ceasefire within the area the place he stated “millions of lives” are at stake.
“A proposal was made to meet at the contact line in order to see and understand the situation as accurately as possible. What should I understand? I go there every month. Mr Putin!” Zelensky stated.
“I am ready to go even further and invite you to meet anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbass, where there is a war,” he stated.
The US has assessed that the Russian navy has moved greater than 40 battalion tactical teams towards the Russia-Ukraine border, which may complete up 40,000 troops. It can be the biggest buildup of Russian troops close to Ukraine since 2014, when Russian forces invaded the nation and occupied the Crimean Peninsula.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that greater than 20 ships had additionally taken half in workouts within the Black Sea, which borders each international locations. “A unit of ships consisting of frigates “Admiral Makarov” and “Admiral Essen”, small missile ships “Grayvoron” and “Vyshny Volochek”, as well as missile boats, small anti-submarine ships and large amphibious ships conducted an exercise to repel air attack means of a simulated enemy using active electronic jamming and the conditional use of air defense means,” a ministry assertion learn.
In his speech, Zelensky known as on Ukrainian residents to unite within the face of the Russian navy menace. “Ukraine and Russia, despite their common past, look to the future differently. We are we. You are you. But this is not necessarily a problem, it is an opportunity. At the very least — an opportunity, before it’s too late, to stop the deadly mathematics of future military losses.”
He blamed Russia for refusing to assist a “general statement” to revive a full ceasefire within the space, regardless of “the support of all parties.”
Last week, the Ukrainian President met in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel — who joined through video hyperlink — to debate the deteriorating safety scenario in jap Ukraine and the occupation of Ukrainian territories. The three leaders ended their assembly calling on Russia to withdraw further troops amassed on the Ukrainian border.
Reporting contributed by CNN’s Anna Chernova and Zahra Ullah in Moscow.