Zelensky: Ukraine's Int'l Border Will Remain Intact Regardless of Russia's LPR, DPR Recognition

© Sputnik / Stringer / Go to the mediabankPress conference of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Press conference of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.02.2022
On Monday, the Russian Security Council and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a news conference in which they recognised the independence of the People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Putin called on Kiev to cease hostilities in the new states, warning that blame for continued regional conflict will be on "the regime ruling Ukraine".
In an early Tuesday address to the public, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that Ukraine's internationally recognised borders will remain unchanged, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to recognise the independence of the People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
Zelensky argued that Russia's move translates to its withdrawal from the Minsk agreements and legalises Russian troops in the area, which, according to him, have been in Donbass since 2014.
Since the announcement, Ukraine has called for an emergency Normandy Format talk, according to Zelensky, who claimed that previous peaceful efforts and existing negotiations have been nullified.
While the Ukrainian president called for peace, he also noted that his country is prepared for anything that comes.
The Ukrainian government is reportedly awaiting responses from allies before proceeding with further steps.
Zelensky's address comes hours before an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on the Russia-Ukraine situation. The meeting was called by French President Emmanuel Macron.
activists react on a street as fireworks explode in the sky - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.02.2022
Videos: Celebrations Erupt in Donetsk After Russia Recognises Its Sovereignty
In recent months, Moscow has consistently denied US allegations that Russia is staging an invasion of Ukraine under the guise of a false-flag attack that could act as a pretext for the move. Since his announcement, the Russian president has ordered a peacekeeping mission into the DPR and LPR.
To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала