Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said today that he is “not ready” for talks with Russia unless it withdraws its troops from Ukraine.
“The US knows that I am not ready to talk to the terrorists, because their word is not worth anything,” Zelensky said on the NBC network.
The Ukrainian president was commenting on reports that US and European officials have held talks with his administration to end the war with Russia, after a senior Ukrainian commander said this week that the two militaries are locked in a war of attrition. and seats.
“Currently, I have nothing to do with the Russians and they know my position,” he said, adding that they must leave our territory and only then will the world be able to start diplomacy.
The conflict is in a “difficult situation” but not at a dead end, as he emphasized.
“On the front line, this is no secret, we have no anti-aircraft defense,” he reminded.
“For this reason, Russia controls the sky. If they control the whole sky, we can’t move quickly – until we have anti-aircraft defenses.”
The front line, more than 1,000 kilometers long, has moved little for nearly a year despite Ukraine’s counteroffensive since June in an attempt to liberate occupied territory in the country’s east and south.