Zelensky: Ukraine's recognized borders will remain unchanged
Ukraine's President says Russia's recognition of the sovereignty of Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics is considered to be a withdrawal from the Minsk agreements.
In an early address to the public, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed Tuesday that Ukraine's internationally recognized borders will remain unchanged, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's recognition of the sovereignty of Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.
Zelensky argued that Russia's move is considered to be a withdrawal from the Minsk agreements and legalizes Russian troops in the area.
Ukraine has called for an emergency Normandy Format talk, claiming that previous peaceful efforts and existing negotiations with Russia have been nullified, he added.
The Ukrainian president called also noted that his country is prepared for anything, as the Ukrainian government is reportedly awaiting responses from allies before proceeding with further steps.
Zelensky's statements came hours before an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on the Ukraine conflict that was called by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Since his announcement, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a peacekeeping mission into the DPR and LPR.
It is noteworthy that the two republics have accused Kiev of repeatedly shelling the Donbass region with 120mm mortars, which are banned by the Minsk agreements.
Acting Russian Emergencies Minister Alexander Chupriyan revealed Monday that around 61,000 citizens of the DPR and LPR had crossed the border into Russia's Rostov Region as part of an evacuation amid the escalation in eastern Ukraine.