On February 21, Russia recognized the region as an independent republic and then sent troops there as a “peacekeeping force.” Then came the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Putin’s two main demands are that Ukraine renounce its intention to become a member of NATO and recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk. (Read: Russian gas supplies through Ukraine continue to be plentiful even during the war.) Speaking about both areas, Zelensky said, “I am ready for talks – we are not ready to surrender – we are ready for talks. We can reach an agreement. Russia has not yet commented on Zelensky’s remarks. CK / AA (AFP, DPA)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he is no longer “joining” NATO membership. This is seen as a major change in Ukraine’s attitude, but Russia has not yet commented “I’ve been quiet about this for a long time,” Zelensky told ABC News, an American media outlet. NATO is not ready to accept Ukraine Its release was a major demand, so Zelensky’s statement is seen as a major gesture on the part of Russia. (Read: On the 13th day of the invasion, the Ukrainian people quickly withdrew from the ceasefire.) He said he could consider an “agreement” on the situation in Donetsk and Lugansk. Donetsk and Luhansk are the only two areas in Ukraine bordering Russia where separatist movements have been going on for years.