World experts note certain progress in bringing peace closer to the east of Ukraine, however it is too early to calm down, as hostilities in Donbas and Crimean annexation are still continued, as stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In his speech at the 56th Munich Security Conference, the President drew attention to the fact that there were only eight references to Ukraine in this year's traditional Munich Security Report. This is the lowest figure since the beginning of the war in the east and the annexation of Crimea.
“In this regard, and as the President of the country which has been defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity for the sixth consecutive year – I have a fair question - isn’t it too early for everyone to calm down? This is a hazardous trend,” he emphasized.
According to the Head of State, there are many pressing problems and major conflicts taking place around the world today. But no issue can lose urgency until it is finally resolved.
“I want to draw your attention to the fact that it is not correct to say "war in Ukraine". This is a war in Europe. And, along with the annexation of Crimea, it has already lasted as long as World War II. Imagine that,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.
At the same time, the President noted certain optimism from some global analysts as regards the end of the war in the east of Ukraine.
“Today, for the first time in recent years, world experts note real progress in bringing peace closer and most importantly, they recognize that the new Ukrainian authorities are doing their best. On the first day of my presidency, I said frankly: “We didn't start this war. But we have to finish it". And we will. Together with you. And today Ukraine continues to consistently and steadily adhere to a peaceful, diplomatic path of settlement in accordance with the rules of international law,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted.
According to him, the Ukrainian authorities, like no other, seek to end the war in the east of the country, so that references to Ukraine as a danger zone disappear altogether from international reports. “But this should happen only when a stable peace prevails in Donbas and Ukraine regains its territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders,” the President concluded.