The Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, has indicated this Monday that any compromise agreed with Russia to end the war in Ukraine must go to a referendum. “The people will have to speak out and respond to this or that form of compromise. And what they will be (the compromises) is the subject of our talks and the understanding between Ukraine and Russia,” he explained in an exclusive interview with European public television.
“I explained it to all the negotiating groups. When they talk about all those changes, which would appear in a possible agreement, which could be historic, we will reach a referendum,” he insisted. “When you talk about certain changes and they can be historic, we’re not going anywhere.” We will get to the referendum. “Our people will have to respond to certain commitments. What will those be? It will be defined by our conversations and understanding with Russia,” she concluded.
The questions that could arise in any referendum could refer to territories occupied by Russian forces, including Crimea, or to the security guarantees offered to Ukraine by countries in lieu of joining NATO, Zelensky added.
Ukraine will not submit to ultimatums
Zelensky has stated that Ukraine will not submit to Russia’s ultimatums and has refused to lay down its arms and leave the besieged city of Mariupol. “They would have to destroy us all,” he declared.
“We see it in the occupied cities, in Melitopol, in Berdyansk, when they come in and raise the flag, people take it away. They killed a man, but the citizens hide and at night they take down the Russian flag.” “What do they want, to destroy everyone,” the Ukrainian president wonders. “We will only attend to his ultimatum when we do not exist,” he insisted.
Mariúpol is experiencing a critical situation under the bombs and is still besieged by the Russian Army and the local authorities of the city, located in southern Ukraine, say that more than 4,000 people have died since the Russian invasion. Meanwhile, the city resists, although without electricity, water or food. “There is no drinking water anywhere, there are people who collect snow on the terraces to transform it into water,” Olexander, a Doctors Without Borders worker, described to RNE.
Russia intensifies bombing in kyiv
Russia has intensified its attacks on civilians with a bombing of a shopping center in kyiv. At least eight people have died and one has been injured, according to Ukrainian authorities.
The mayor of the capital has decreed a new curfew which began at 8:00 p.m. on Monday and will continue until 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. “They have to stay in the bunkers because we expect attacks in the next 24 hours, our priority is to safeguard the lives of citizens,” he said in an interview with the Channel 24 Hours of TVE.
The shelling in the Podilskyi district of kyiv have also affected residential buildingss, as reported on Monday by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.