Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Russia to conduct “serious and fair negotiations” on a peace treaty. “This is the only way for Russia to limit the damage caused by its mistakes,” the Ukrainian president said in a video message late on Friday.
Zelensky said that if Ukraine’s territorial integrity was not restored, Russia would suffer “heavy losses”.
Zelensky also reiterated his demand for direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said, “It’s time to talk.” The Kremlin has so far stopped their boat for a face-to-face meeting between the two presidents.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also addressed all Russians in his message. He responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the Luzhniki Olympic Stadium in Moscow the day before with numbers about the Russian invasion of his country.
Nearly 100,000 people are in front of the stadium, and 95,000 are in the square itself – together that’s roughly equal to the number of Russian soldiers who invaded Ukraine, Zelensky said. “Imagine 14,000 dead bodies in this stadium, plus tens of thousands more wounded and maimed.” Those are the losses the Russians have incurred since the invasion began on February 24, according to the Ukrainian president. However, these numbers cannot be independently verified.
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