President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that he is ready for direct talks with the leadership of the Russian Federation, which annexed Crimea and is waging war with our state in Donbas, to establish peace and return the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories.
During this address to the Verkhovna Rada on the internal and external situation in Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized: “The war in Donbas has been going on for eight years. Eight years since Russia has annexed Crimea. And I'm not afraid to tell everyone about it and tell this directly to Russians. That's why, at the same time, I'm not afraid to talk to them directly. We are not afraid of direct dialogue."
According to him, Ukraine understands perfectly well which European countries support Ukraine and which of them only pretend to support us. At the same time, the President noted that Ukraine can be protected only by its strong, powerful army, on which it relies primarily.
"And we have to admit that without our army we will not be able to stop the war. And we must tell the truth that we will not be able to stop the war without direct talks with Russia. And today all external partners have already recognized this. And some internal partners do not recognize this. We must speak, knowing that we have a strong, powerful army. And we must not be afraid to tell each other the truth now, if we want to return Donbas. And if we just want to talk about it, let's do nothing," the Head of State said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on all politicians, regardless of party affiliation, as well as all businessmen to fight together for the Ukrainian state and for the return of its territories.