Ukrainian President: “Russian ultimatums unacceptable”

From: 21/03/2022 20:42

According to President Selenskyj, Ukraine does not want to bow to Russia’s ultimatums. Compromises with Russia could only be implemented after a referendum. Meanwhile, attacks on cities like Kiev and Odessa continue.

Ukraine is unwilling to bow to Russia despite continued attacks and worsening humanitarian situation. Russia has promised an end to the war if Ukraine meets a number of conditions, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Suspilne. However, Ukraine will not respond to such ultimatums. Zelenskyy added that compromises with Russia could only be implemented after a referendum. He did not explain what questions this might specifically relate to.

Russia’s goal is to destroy Ukraine, Zelensky said. Moscow, among other things, wants to obtain the “handover” of the cities of Mariupol, Kharkiv and Kyiv by Ukraine. But “neither the people in Kharkov, nor those in Mariupol or Kiev, nor I, the president,” could do that.

Unsatisfied requests

Moscow’s top demands include Ukraine’s neutrality and the demilitarization of the neighboring country. Furthermore, Russia is demanding the recognition of Crimea as a Russian territory and the independence of the so-called separatist People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Ahead of the fighting, Russia asked Ukrainian troops in the besieged port city of Mariupol on Sunday to lay down their arms and leave the city on Monday morning. This capitulation was flatly rejected by the Ukrainian leadership. “There will be no surrender, no deposition of weapons,” Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said. The Ukrainians let the ultimatum pass.

In the fourth week of the war, the Russian army continues to attack Ukraine

Mathea Schülke, WDR, newspaper at 4pm, March 21, 2022

Attacks in Odessa and Kiev

Meanwhile, fighting continues in Ukraine. According to authorities, parts of Odessa have now been bombed for the first time. The port city is Ukraine’s third largest and strategically important city – the Black Sea city has the largest port in the country, making it the most important link for Ukrainian trade.

The advance of the Russian troops on Kiev seems to have stopped. However, Russia continued bombing the Ukrainian capital and other cities on Monday. At least eight people were killed in an attack on a shopping center in Kiev, authorities said. According to Ukrainian sources, several people, including four children, were injured during an evacuation operation in Zaporizhia. Apparently, the buses carrying refugees were hit.

parties to the conflict as a source

In the current situation, information on the course of the war, bombing and casualties provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be controlled directly by an independent body.

Ukraine: Russia is engaged in state terrorism

According to Ukrainian sources, the Russian army also fired on unarmed demonstrators in the city of Cherson, which it occupied. “In Kherson, Russian war criminals opened fire on unarmed people who were peacefully protesting the invaders,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted. “This is the ugly face of Russia, a disgrace to humanity.”

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on a visit to London that 150 Ukrainian children were killed, more than 400 schools and kindergartens and more than 110 hospitals destroyed by the Russian invasion. “This is state terrorism. That is why the Kremlin has to be stopped because it will go further. It will attack other countries,” Reznikov said. He has not provided any evidence for his claim of him. Russia denies attacks on civilians.

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