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Zelensky ready to discuss a “compromise” on the territories of Donbass and Crimea

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The context

  • Russian troops still seek to encircle Kyiv where a new curfew has been in place since Monday at 8 p.m. local time until Wednesday morning at 7 a.m.
  • Ukraine does not “will not lay down their arms and will not leave the city” besieged by Mariupol, said his deputy prime minister, ignoring a Russian ultimatum. The European Union has denounced the indiscriminate destruction in the besieged city as a “major war crime” .
  • Volodymyr Zelensky rejected, on Monday, any Russian ultimatum and wants to meet Vladimir Putin with whom he is ready to discuss about the regions of Donbass and Crimea. All “compromise” in negotiations with Russia to end the conflict will be subject to a referendum in the country, the Ukrainian president said.
  • Mr. Zelensky spoke on Monday with Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte ahead of the G7, NATO and European Union leaders’ summits on Thursday 24 March to coordinate their “Positions”. They will be “Shut up, believe me”he said in a video on Monday evening.
  • The Russian tabloid, close to the Kremlin, Komsomolskaya Pravda published, then withdrew, a report that the Russian Ministry of Defense identified 9,861 dead in the Russian Armed Forces since the start of the war in Ukraine. The article also reports 16,153 injuries.
  • France sent, on Monday, 55 tons of medical equipment, computers, milk for children as well as generators to Ukraine via Poland, announced the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • According to a report from United Nations High Commissioner, published overnight from Monday to Tuesday, 925 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian attack, and 1,496 people have been injured. The agency says the true toll is likely much higher because many information records have yet to be recovered.
  • Near 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine since February 24, according to the UN tally, released on Monday. Some 90% of them are women and children (Ukrainians between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave their country). Poland alone hosts more than half of the refugees.

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