We must act fast to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine, Zelenskyy tells Euronews

Apr. 16, 2021

Ukraine’s president has told Euronews there is no time to lose in resolving tensions in the east of the country.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy was in Paris for talks with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday amid concern over a Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border and a surge in fighting. German Chancellor Angela Merkel took part in the meeting virtually.

Zelenskyy said the conflict in eastern Ukraine — which began seven years ago following Russia’s annexation of Crimea — wasn’t just Kyiv’s problem.

“We need now to move very quick, sorry I understand that it’s our problem but I think that it’s not only our problem but the safety of Europe,” he told Euronews.

“And the whole of Europe will understand that it’s the safety for all Europe and that we’ll move together very quick from words to direct steps.”

Kyiv and Moscow have blamed one another for the spike in violence in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

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