- Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky he will only discuss ending the war with President Vladimir Putin and no other officials
- However, he believes the possibility of talks with Russia has become more remote due to evidence of actions against civilians
- Zelensky said he cannot accept a meeting with anyone from the Russian Federation other than Putin
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KYIV - President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said the only Russian official he plans to meet is President Vladimir Putin to discuss ending the war.
He made the comments on Monday 23 May during a video conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Zelensky said the possibility of talks with Russia has become more remote due to evidence of violence against civilians. Zelensky said the president of the Russian Federation decides it all, The Guardian reported.
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He said if officials talk about ending the war without Putin, then the decision cannot be taken. Zelensky said he cannot accept a meeting with anyone from the Russian Federation besides the president.
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He added that the only meeting he would have would be to stop the war and said there are no grounds for any other kind of meeting. Negotiators from both countries held talks from the beginning of the Russian war in Ukraine, however, SABC News reported that the talks were stalled.
South Africans react
Social media users have called for an end to the war:
Wanda Bidla said:
“South Africa has been saying this from the start, only diplomacy will stop the war.”
Andries Seale wrote:
“The war must end and only Zelensky and Putin can end it, he's indeed telling the honest truth but it will depend on their territorial threat agreement. It's important for both leaders to put their people first, they both share Europe, perhaps culture, religion and language, they must stop the fight it's enough.”
Gezani Mk Mkhathini commented:
“If it means saving even if it's one life it is worth meeting and sorting out their differences, no NATO nor Biden or European Union can end this war but Putin and Zelenskey.”
Danie Nortier added:
“War is war nobody wins, with big losses on both sides, we are in modern times and this war affects us all, we battle with all these price hikes and fuel prices rocketed, to stop this conflict, will benefit all. So yes, negotiate a deal with no delay. only people who benefit now are the ones that fuel the war.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: DA says SA’s government should adopt currency of humanitarian solidarity
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported the Democratic Alliance released a video detailing the devastating effects in Ukraine following the Russian war in the country. The leader of the DA John Steenhuisen recently returned from a fact-finding trip from Ukraine where he planned to uncover the truth of the war and the effect it has on Africa in particular South Africa. Steenhuisen documented his findings and said over 10 million Ukrainians have been displaced since the start of the war.
In a video shared on the social media platform, Facebook, the DA leader said there are 10 million reasons why the Russian war in Ukraine needs to end. He said no country in the world should be agnostic about the war. In the video, Steenhuisen said the war impacts South Africa in many ways. He said the rising fuel prices, fertilizer costs and food prices have already impacted the country.
Source: Briefly News