Zelensky defends that resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine is his priority as president

He claims to have started consultations to meet with Putin

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, reported on Thursday that he was not ruling out the possibility of a referendum to resolve the conflict in the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in the south-east of the country.

“I think we will propose a referendum on this issue in some time. It would be one of the plans if another one doesn’t work,” he said at a press conference at which he took stock of his second term in office.

Zelensky defends that resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine is his priority as president
Zelensky defends that resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine is his priority as president

So he defended that the resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the “unemployment” of the Ukrainian territories remain his main goals at the top of the country.

“The solution to the war problem and the evacuation of our territories (…) are unfortunately still a priority topic,” said Zelenski, emphasizing that it is a “long process”.

One of the challenges facing his presidency is the goal of building a country “without oligarchs,” a country for 40 million people rather than hundreds of Forbes list members, as he said.

Regarding poverty, he has assured that measures will be taken to raise the minimum wage in the country, although he has stressed the need for “everyone to pay their taxes”.

On the other hand, Zelensky has announced that, according to the Sputnik news agency, consultations with Moscow have started for a future meeting with his counterpart Vladimir Putin.

With this in mind, he recalled that he had proposed meeting Putin “everywhere” in Donbass, although he had proposed holding the meeting in Moscow, the Russian capital. “But traditionally in such situations the meetings take place in one of the conflict zones or in a neutral area,” he added.

In eastern Ukraine, conflicts have been going on for years due to the tensions between Ukraine and Russia. In the case of Crimea, Russia annexed this area during the 2014 conflict before the population decided to put it in a referendum, while the Donbass region has been facing an armed conflict for years, faced by Ukrainian government forces that are already pro- are Russian separatists.

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