Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said today that Russia should stop bombing Ukrainian cities in order to start substantive talks on a ceasefire, as the first round of talks between the two countries' delegations has yielded little progress. p>In an interview with a heavily guarded government group, Zelensky urged NATO members to impose a no-fly zone over the Russian air force, stressing that this would be a precautionary measure and would not Zelensky, who has rejected proposals to leave the Ukrainian capital as Russian forces continue to advance on Kyiv, also said Ukraine would require legally guaranteed security guarantees if the NATO closed its door to Ukraine.
Setting the conditions for further talks with Russia, Zelensky said in an interview with Reuters and CNN: “At least (Russia) needs to stop bombing people. “Let's stop the bombing and then sit down at the negotiating table.” Earlier in the day, rockets hit the heart of the eastern city of Kharkiv.
Ukraine has received arms shipments from NATO members to counter a major military offensive launched by Russian forces last week, while the West imposed severe sanctions on Moscow. Zelensky urged the international community to do so. more, including the imposition of a no-fly zone. He noted, however, that US President Joe Biden had personally told him that “now is not the time for such a measure”.
Ukraine has pressed NATO to speed up its accession, a move that strongly opposes Russia and is considered one of the reasons why Moscow launched the attack.
“Our allies, if not “Russia's ready to join Ukraine; because Russia does not want Ukraine to join NATO, security guarantees for Ukraine must be worked out together,” Zelensky said.
a simple khaki T-shirt, pants and military boots for the interview, which took place in a government complex guarded by a powerful military force.
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