The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky went to the battlefield, where clashes with pro-Russian separatists continued and were supported by Berlin, who demanded that the Kremlin reduce its military presence on the Ukrainian border.
In a telephone conversation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw Russian troops. Moscow did not respond.
The footage of Ukrainian President Zelensky and the statement issued by the President of Ukraine stated that Ukrainian President Zelensky visited troops in the Luhansk region and the conflict continued.
Zelensky said: “The situation in Donbass is getting worse.” He assured that the Ukrainian army will respond to the firepower of the snipers.
The leader added: “I am honored to be here.”
In recent days, Kiev and Western countries have criticized Moscow for accumulating troops on the Ukrainian border and Crimea, and at the same time it is engaged in armed conflicts with pro-Russian separatists almost daily.
On Thursday, another Ukrainian soldier succumbed to his wound. Zelensky said that since the beginning of the year, 26 soldiers have been killed. According to the presidency, Ukraine has lost 50 soldiers in the conflict by 2020.
Putin and Merkel discussed these tensions. Putin and Merkel, together with France, are the initiators of the peace process in the region.
Merkel “asked him to reduce Russia’s military presence in eastern Ukraine to calm the situation, while Moscow claimed that the actions of its troops would not endanger anyone.”
Putin claimed that Kiev is “provoking” in order to deliberately worsen the situation on the battlefield.
The TASS news agency reported that Dmitry Kozak, a senior Kremlin official, said that under certain circumstances, Russia may be forced to defend its citizens in eastern Ukraine. Major military conflicts may mark Ukraine’s status as a country. End.
He estimated that Ukraine’s accession to NATO would “be the beginning of the country’s downfall”, which was a response to Kiev’s request to speed up its membership in the organization to send a signal to Moscow.
Ukraine’s accession to the Atlantic Alliance has been a piece of red cloth for Russia for many years.
Despite these tensions, Kozak announced on April 19 political advisory-level talks between Kiev, Moscow, Berlin and Paris.
The White House said on Thursday that it was concerned about “Russian aggression” and said that the number of Russian troops on the eastern border of Ukraine since 2014 exceeded the highest level since 2014.