President of Ukraine

22 March 2022 - 08:34

Russia should move away from ultimatums against Ukraine, because they will not lead to any results. We need to find a compromise to end the war. This was emphasized by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview for world broadcasters.

"When we can stop this war is a question now. I believe Russia should not use loud phrases, as they will not lead to anything. Like, "we have an ultimatum, here are the points, do it, and then we will end the war." It will not lead to anything, to any result. The problem is not in me… We all can't do it. Ukraine will not be able to fulfill the ultimatum. We lost people. That is, we must all be destroyed, and then the ultimatum will be automatically fulfilled," the President said.

According to him, the fulfillment of the Russian ultimatum will actually lead to the destruction of the Ukrainian people, so it cannot be fulfilled physically. But Ukraine seeks peace, so it is open to dialogue. At the same time, increasing sanctions on Russia could deal a serious blow to its economic and domestic political situation.

"If we want peace, we need to sit down and talk. The right word is to negotiate. But to negotiate, not to fulfill the ultimatum. This is an important point. A compromise can be found in the dialogue," the President stressed.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that the issue of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity is a "red line", because many Ukrainians gave their lives for it.

"I said when I became president that we can no longer give away any part of our land. We must do everything to bring Donbas and Crimea back. This is not banality, everyone thinks about it and believes in it, all our people. It is a matter of time," he said.

At the same time, according to the Head of State, speaking of certain compromises, it should be understood that they have a price.

"If people (Russian Federation - ed.) want to end the war, first cease fire, withdraw troops. The presidents met and agreed that the troops would be withdrawn, that there were certain security guarantees - compromise could be found here. There are certain guarantors of our security. They must say tomorrow that they are taking Ukraine into NATO. Or to say: now we do not take Ukraine. And they themselves understand that they do not want to go to war with Russia, so they do not take us. We all understand that already. They are not taking us because they are afraid of Russia," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

In this case, he said, there are other security guarantees. In particular, among NATO countries there are those who want to be the guarantors of Ukraine's security and are ready to act as the Alliance would act if our country was a member.

"And I think it's a normal compromise for everyone: for the West, which doesn't know what to do with us when it comes to NATO. For Ukraine, which wants security guarantees. And for Russia, which does not want NATO to expand further and says that it has had such agreements with Western countries. And that is why a compromise must be found in this, because this will be the end of the war," the President said.

As for the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas, the head of state noted that in order to find a solution to this issue, the first step should be taken in the form of security guarantees and an end to the war.

"At the first meeting with the President of Russia, I am ready to raise these issues, they are relevant, they are important to us. But I am sure that this solution will not be found at this meeting. Because to be completely frank, in matters of security guarantees, we will talk about constitutional changes, changes in Ukrainian legislation. And if we talk about it, it will in any case be decided not only by the President - it is a long enough process, it will be decided by the Verkhovna Rada and the people of Ukraine," he said.

According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, when it comes to certain issues of historical importance, “we will resort to a referendum."

"People will have to respond to certain formats of compromises. But the compromises are a matter of conversation and understanding between Ukraine and Russia. Therefore, in any case, I am ready to do anything if I’m supported by the people of Ukraine," the President stressed.