Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that Russia will have to leave Crimea, along with Kherson, Melitopol, Enerhodar, and Mariupol.
During his daily address, Zelenskyy said: “All other cities and communities where they are still pretending to be the owners.”
⚡️Zelensky: 'Russia will also have to leave Crimea.'
President Zelensky said during his daily address that Russia will also have to leave Kherson, Melitopol, Enerhodar, Mariupol, and "all other cities and communities where they are still pretending to be the owners.”
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On the other hand, Zelenskyy asserted that Kyiv is ready for a prisoner exchange with Russia “even tomorrow,” calling on his allies to keep mounting pressure on Kremlin.
Through a video conference, Zelensky said to a Davos audience on Monday: “They must (referring to his allies) keep the political pressure on any way they can, through powerful business connections, through the closure of businesses, oil embargo, and through threats, real threats of sanctions, thwarting business, we can actively intensify the exchange of our people for Russian servicemen,” CNN reported.
In his address, the Ukrainian leader added: “We do not need the Russian servicemen, we only need ours. We are ready for an exchange even tomorrow”. He went on to say that Ukrainians had filled “tens of thousands” of black body bags with Russian servicemen remains who were left behind.