“My children are like the rest of the children of Ukraine”, Zelensky said – I can’t trust Putin
Defending his decision to keep the Ukrainian army in Bakhmut, the president said, “It is important for us from a strategic point of view, we understand that after Bakhmut they can go further.”
Image Source: FILE PHOTO Vladimir Zelensky
Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky said that we have no confidence in Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin because Putin does not stick to his word. The Ukrainian leader said this in an interview on Wednesday night amid intense fighting in Bakhmut. Regarding talks with the Russian side, Zelensky said that he currently cannot imagine a situation in which he would meet with Putin.
Russia should leave our territory: Zelensky
“We have no chance to talk to the President of the Russian Federation because he is not keeping his word. We have no confidence in him. Russia should leave our territory,” he said. Defending his decision to keep the Ukrainian army in Bakhmut, the president said, “It is important for us from a strategic point of view, we understand that after Bakhmut they can go further. They can go to Kramatorsk, they can go to Sloviansk.” We can, that’s why our soldiers are standing there.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has made several statements calling for Russia to withdraw from what Ukraine considers its territory, including the Crimean Peninsula and the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. These regions have been the site of conflict between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists since 2014.
Zelensky has argued that Russia’s occupation of Crimea is illegal and that the region should be returned to Ukrainian control. He has also called for an end to the violence in eastern Ukraine and for the withdrawal of Russian troops and equipment from the region.
Russia, for its part, has argued that its actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine are aimed at protecting the interests of ethnic Russians and Russian speakers in the region and that it has a right to defend these interests.
The conflict in Ukraine has been a source of ongoing tension between Russia and the West, with the United States and its allies imposing sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine. The conflict has also had a significant humanitarian toll, with thousands of people killed and many more displaced from their homes.
Efforts to resolve the conflict through diplomatic means have so far been unsuccessful, and the situation remains tense. Both sides have accused the other of violating ceasefires and other agreements, and there is concern that the conflict could escalate further if a peaceful resolution is not found.
Bakhmut is almost destroyed: deputy mayor
After more than seven months of a crackdown by Russia, Bakhmut’s deputy mayor, Oleksandr Marchenko, said only a few thousand civilians remained in underground shelters with no running water, gas or electricity. The city is almost destroyed, not a single building has survived this war. But Ukrainian troops have also taken a firm stand to defend the region, blocking Russia’s move.”
Bakhmut, also known as Artemivsk, is a city in eastern Ukraine that has been affected by the ongoing conflict between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas region. The conflict has resulted in significant damage to infrastructure and civilian areas in the region, including Bakhmut.
The deputy mayor of Bakhmut, Oleksandr Yeremenko, has stated in the past that the city has been heavily damaged as a result of the conflict, with many buildings destroyed or damaged. He has also expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in the city, including shortages of basic necessities such as water and electricity.
Despite the damage caused by the conflict, efforts have been made to rebuild and repair infrastructure in Bakhmut and other areas affected by the conflict. International aid organizations and government agencies have provided assistance to civilians in the region, including food, shelter, and medical care.
However, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains fragile, and there are ongoing concerns about the humanitarian impact of the conflict on civilians. Efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict have so far been unsuccessful, and there is the ongoing tension between Ukraine and Russia over the situation in the region.
Completed one year of the war on 24 February
Zelensky said, “We understand what Russia wants to achieve there. Russia needs at least some victory.” He said that if Russia was able to capture Bakhmut, it would send a message to his country and help organize that they are powerful. In the interview, the Ukrainian leader also spoke about how he and his family are dealing with the ongoing war, which completed one year on February 24.
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia began in 2014, following the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the outbreak of fighting in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists. It is one of the most significant ongoing conflicts in Europe and has resulted in thousands of deaths and the displacement of civilians.
February 24, 2022, marked the eighth year of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, which has evolved into a protracted war. Over the years, there have been multiple ceasefires, peace negotiations, and agreements aimed at ending the conflict, but these have been frequently violated.
The ongoing conflict has had significant humanitarian and economic consequences, with many civilians forced to flee their homes and economic activity disrupted in the region. The conflict has also had wider geopolitical implications, with tensions between Russia and the West escalating over the situation in Ukraine.
Efforts to resolve the conflict through diplomatic means continue, but the situation remains tense, and there are concerns about the possibility of further escalation or a return to open conflict.
We live with sirens: Ukrainian President
Zelensky said, “My daughter enrolled in the university and she studies there and my son is studying in a school in Ukraine. They are both in Ukraine like other Ukrainian children. We live with sirens.” He said, “We want victory. We don’t want to get used to war, but we’ve got to get used to challenges. Everybody wants one thing, to end the war.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has made several statements about the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and its impact on Ukrainian civilians. The conflict, which began in 2014 following the annexation of Crimea by Russia, has resulted in significant damage to infrastructure and civilian areas in the region, as well as displacement of civilians.
Zelensky has spoken about the difficult conditions that many Ukrainians are living under, including the constant threat of shelling and other forms of violence. In particular, he has referenced the sound of sirens, which signal the need for civilians to seek shelter during shelling or other attacks.
The conflict has had a significant impact on the daily lives of Ukrainians living in affected areas, with many forced to adapt to difficult conditions and the ongoing threat of violence. Despite this, Zelensky has expressed a commitment to finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict and improving the situation for civilians affected by the conflict.
The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine has had a significant impact on the country’s economy and infrastructure, with many areas of the region experiencing significant damage and disruption. In addition to the human toll of the conflict, which has resulted in thousands of deaths and displacement of civilians, the conflict has also had wider economic consequences for Ukraine.
Infrastructure in the region has been heavily damaged, including roads, bridges, and public buildings. This has made it difficult for people to access basic necessities such as healthcare and education, as well as disrupting economic activity in the region. Many businesses have been forced to close or relocate, and the region’s agricultural sector has also been significantly impacted.
The conflict has also had wider geopolitical implications, with tensions between Russia and the West escalating over the situation in Ukraine. There have been concerns about the potential for the conflict to spread, with some analysts warning of the possibility of a wider conflict in the region.
Despite these challenges, efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict continue. The international community has provided significant aid and support to Ukraine, and there have been multiple rounds of peace negotiations and ceasefire agreements. However, the situation in the region remains tense, and there are ongoing concerns about the humanitarian impact of the conflict on civilians.