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Zelensky wants to meet with Putin to “end the war”

Twitter screenshot LCI Volodymyr Zelensky from the Kiev metro station again requested a meeting with Vladimir Putin to end the war.

WAR IN UKRAINE – President Volodymyr Zelensky hosted a press conference from the subway in the Ukrainian capital, where he reiterated his call for a meeting with his Russian counterpart this Saturday, April 23.

While the siege of Mariupol by Russian forces still focuses on a large metallurgical complex where the last Ukrainian soldiers are hiding, Volodymyr Zelensky also warned Vladimir Putin of the consequences of the Russian attack on the Azovstal power plant. Update on the situation on the 59th day of the war in Ukraine.

  • A new call from Zelenský to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky again called this day to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to “end the war.”

“I think whoever started this war will be able to end it,” Zelenskyj told a news conference at a metro station in central Kiev, reiterating that he was “not afraid to meet” Vladimir Putin if it would help bring peace. agreement between Russia and Ukraine.

“From the beginning, I insisted on negotiations with the Russian president,” he recalled. He added: “It is not a question of wanting to meet with him, but of having to meet with him in order to resolve this conflict through diplomacy.”

Kyiv will leave negotiations with Moscow if its troops, anchored in the large Azovstal metallurgical complex in Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine, are killed by the Russian army, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday.

“If our men are killed in Mariupol and a pseudo-referenda is held in the Kherson region (south), Ukraine will withdraw from any negotiation process,” Volodymyr Zelenskyj confirmed during the same press conference in Kiev.

A new attempt to evacuate civilians from Mariupol, surrounded and almost completely under Russian control, to Zaporozhye failed, the Deputy Mayor of Mariupol said on Saturday in his Telegram.

According to Petr Andryushchenko, about 200 inhabitants of this port and industrial city on the Sea of ​​Azov began to gather for evacuation when they were “dispersed” by the Russian army. Some were then reportedly forced to board buses to Dokoutchayev, a Russian-occupied city 80 km north.

“People were not allowed to leave the bus,” the deputy mayor criticized, adding that the Russians would provoke “nationalist (Ukrainian) fire on the evacuation site” to justify this change of route.

“Russia’s armed forces today decommissioned a logistics terminal at a military airport near Odessa, where a large batch of foreign weapons supplied by states were stored, using high-precision missiles and long-range missiles. States and European countries,” the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.

In addition, according to a new report announced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, eight people were killed and at least 18 others injured in Russian air raids on the port city of Odessa in southern Ukraine.

“Eight people have died at this stage and 18 or 20 others are injured,” Volodymyr Zelensky told a news conference.

A total of Russian high-precision missiles were aimed at 22 Ukrainian military facilities on Saturday, including three weapons and ammunition depots near Iličiova and Kramatorsk, which were destroyed, according to the ministry.

According to the same source, the Russian Air Force carried out raids on 79 Ukrainian military facilities on Saturday, focusing mainly on 16 artillery and fuel depots.

  • Antony Blinken’s visit to Kiev two months after the start of the war

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Kyiv on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday, two months a day after the start of the Russian invasion.

“US officials will come to our house tomorrow: I will meet with Secretary of Defense (Lloyd Austin) and Antony Blinken,” Zelensky said during a news conference at a subway station in Kiev’s central square. This will be the first official visit by US government officials to Ukraine since February 24.

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