Zelensky ready to "discuss and find compromise" on Crimea, Donbass
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says he is ready to consider discussing the status of Crimea, the DPR and LPR.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is now ready to consider discussing the status of Crimea, and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics with his Russian counterpart.
Although Zelensky stressed that the status of the DPR and LPR, which he called "pseudo-republics", is only recognized by Russia, he called for a discussion and compromise on "how these territories will live on."
Speaking to ABC News, the Ukrainian President said that what is important to him is how the people in those territories "who want to be part of Ukraine" are "going to live".
He also said that his country is "not prepared for ultimatums", but that he will nevertheless hold a dialogue with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
As for his country's accession to NATO, Zelensky said that he has "cooled down" on the matter after he understood that "NATO is not prepared to accept Ukraine".
"The alliance is afraid of controversial things and confrontation with Russia. We never wanted to be a country that is begging for something on its knees, and we are not going to be that country and I don’t want to be that president,” Zelensky said.
Ukraine 'left alone'
On his Telegram channel on February 25, Zelensky released a video addressing Ukraine, saying "We ended up defending our country alone. Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone."
The Washington Post had revealed that the US and its allies were preparing for a Ukrainian government-in-exile, and for an insurgency in Ukraine, as it seemed that Russia would soon reverse its early losses during the operation.
Moreover, Ukraine's President released a video message on Friday, wherein he called the NATO summit "weak".
Zelensky further said that the summit was a confused one, and it "shows that not everyone considers the fight for freedom in Europe the number one goal."
Ukrainian President Zelensky also condemned NATO's rejection of establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
He also accused the Northern Alliance's members of giving Russia "the green light to start shelling Ukrainian cities and villages", and that it did nothing but provide Ukraine with 50 tons of diesel fuel.