The Ukrainian president has said bridges with Russia are not however “destroyed”, leaving the door open for future negotiations.
However, he said talks can only take place if Moscow withdraws to its pre-invasion locaiongs, as of February 23, saying he was not elected to rule “a mini-Ukraine of some kind”.
Speaking at an event hosted by the Chatham House think tank, Volodymyr Zelensky said arrangements were needed for discussions to “stop the killing”, with “diplomatic channels” used to regain Ukraine’s territories.
The prerequisite for this would be “regaining the situation as of February 23”, he said.
“They have to fall back,” he additional.
“In that situation we will be able to start discussing things typically.”
He said that “despite the fact that they are destroying all our bridges, I think not all the bridges are however destroyed”, figuratively speaking.
The Ukrainian president also invited German chancellor Olaf Scholz for talks in Kyiv, suggesting the visit could take place on Russia’s annual Victory Day on May 9.
He said the move would be a “very powerful political step”.
Asked whether Ukraine was satisfied with the sustain it was receiving, particularly from EU nations including Germany, and what he would say to Mr Scholz if he had the chance to speak to him, Mr Zelensky said: “You cannot be slightly evil and slightly good.
“With the right hand you impose sanctions, with the left hand you sign the Russian contracts. This is not right. This is hypocrisy.”
He additional: “I think chancellor Scholz, for him, he’s invited, the invitation is open, it’s been for some time now. He’s invited to come to Ukraine. He can make this very powerful political step to come here on May 9, to Kyiv.
“Sometimes in history we have to make certain steps for unity, already if there is some kind of coldness in specific relations.”
Meanwhile, western officials said they had been told Russia had made the “uncommon” move of “not inviting” foreign leaders to celebrate Victory Day.
They said that the national holiday, which usually commemorates victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, may be used by Russian president Vladimir Putin to claim the attacks on Ukraine have been successful.
There could be a big announcement, they said, however it is doubtful to be a declaration of war, or mass mobilisation, which has been denied by the Kremlin, as officials have not seen any signs to indicate preparation is under way for either.
They also said they had not seen evidence that Mr Putin was unwell, but additional they were not doctors.
In a separate briefing, asked what would happen after May 9, other western officials said the Russian president would “inevitably” claim a “synthetic victory” – perhaps the “totemic position of Mariupol”.
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