On Monday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told ABC News that his country was uninterested in Russian ultimatums, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin was living in an informational bubble without oxygen.
Zelenskyy was made aware by ABC News anchor David Muir that the Kremlin said it was willing to halt its unprovoked attack on Ukraine in a moment if Kyiv agreed to a list of demands, including giving up NATO membership, acknowledging Crimea as Russian territory, and recognizing the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states.
In a sample of an interview published Monday by ABC News, Zelenskyy remarked, The question is more challenging than simply acknowledging them.
This is another ultimatum, says Ukraine’s president.
We’re not equipped to deal with ultimatums. For these three main elements, we have a feasible solution, a resolution.
Instead of living in an informational bubble without oxygen, President Putin has to stop talking and start communicating.
That’s where I believe he is. He’s encased in a bubble. He’s getting this information, and you have no idea how realistic that information is.
To prevent Russian missiles from attacking civilian targets such as a university dormitory and a pediatric clinic, Zelenskyy told Muir that the US and NATO should impose a no-fly zone over his country.
A no-fly zone, according to Biden and NATO officials, might lead to a full-fledged conflict with Russia
You have to keep people alive. There were literally kids with tumors there, Zelenskyy said of the missile hit on the pediatric clinic to ABC News.
“And in the university, there were ordinary students. I’m sure that the brave American soldiers who would be shooting it down knowing that it is flying towards the students, I’m sure that they had no doubt in doing so.”
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, listed Russia’s demands for Ukraine earlier Monday.
Ukraine is expected to stop military action and change its constitution to enshrine neutrality.