Russia claims it has opened a land hall to Crimea by way of occupied Ukrainian territory

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pictured in Kyiv, Ukraine, on June 6. (President of Ukraine)Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned Tuesday that he “merely can’t see the preconditions for ending the warfare.”In a broadcast interview with the Monetary Instances, Zelensky​ mentioned that whereas “any warfare must be ended on the negotiating desk,” the place for “victory should be achieved on the battlefield.”He conceded that “restoring the borders that we managed earlier than twenty fourth of February” — the date of the large Russian invasion — might be thought-about a “critical momentary victory.” However he insisted that it was a “warfare for independence.”“Independence in my view, and within the opinion of most of our folks, is regaining all of our territories, restoring all of our territorial integrity and inviolable sovereignty of Ukraine,” Zelensky mentioned.  “We’ve already misplaced too many individuals to easily cede our territory,” he mentioned.He reserved notably harsh criticism for French President Emmanuel Macron over latest remarks he made that “we’re not going to humiliate Russia.”“Some folks need to be leaders. With a purpose to be a frontrunner, you do not want to think about your self one, however to be behave as a frontrunner,” Zelensky mentioned. “How can we obtain a ceasefire within the territory of Ukraine with out listening to the place of nation, and with out listening to place of the chief of this nation? That is very, very stunning.”In a cellphone name with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Might 28, the leaders of France and Germany “renewed their demand for a ceasefire” and referred to as on Putin to have a direct alternate with Zelensky. In an interview revealed Saturday, the French President mentioned, “We should not humiliate Russia in order that the day when the combating stops we will construct an exit ramp by way of diplomatic means. I’m satisfied that it’s France’s function to be a mediating energy.”“We aren’t going to humiliate anybody,” Zelensky mentioned. “We’re going to reply in variety.”Zelensky mentioned that Macron, as a frontrunner of the Normandy Format of negotiations that existed earlier than Russia’s expanded Feb. 24 invasion, “has a profound understanding of all the main points, of all the main points of all of the preparations made with the Russian Federation, and with Russia’s failure to adjust to these accords.” He mentioned that he was ready for negotiations with Russia, however that the one individual able to discussing an finish to the warfare was Putin himself.“Any warfare must be ended on the negotiating desk,” he mentioned. “That is precisely the way it has occurred in historical past. I’m nonetheless resolute and decided, whether or not I need it or not, I’m prepared for direct negotiations with President Putin if we’re prepared to debate placing an finish to this warfare significantly.”Zelensky additionally mentioned Russia’s blockade of ports, which is stopping grain exports, “is a menace of worldwide magnitude.”“There is only one aspect to this menace; that is the Russian Federation. There isn’t a dialogue right here. This can be a very concrete, tangible menace to Asia, Africa, and sure international locations in Europe,” he mentioned. “We perceive that the following penalties could be famine and migration that’s going to have an effect on Europe. So the implications could be very extreme,” he mentioned. “And everybody is aware of for a indisputable fact that we’re not going to let Russian ships to Ukrainian ports, as a result of they assault us every day, and everybody is aware of that Ukraine is able to export every part that now we have. We’re prepared for a traditional civilized circumstances, however on protected phrases.” 

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