FM Kuleba rules out Zelensky leaving the country

23 February 2022, 11:10 AM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has no plans to leave the country amid fears that Russia might invade more of Ukraine, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with U.S. TV channel Fox News on Feb. 22.

"The president will always be with the Ukrainian people,” said Kuleba.

“The president of Ukraine is convinced that through unity we will eventually emerge victorious.”

U.S. TV network ABC reported on Feb. 21 that the United States had suggested to Zelensky that he should move from Kyiv, in central Ukraine, to Lviv, near the western Polish border, due to security concerns.

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That same day, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s recognition of the non-government-controlled areas of Ukrainian Donbas as independent “republics,” and immediately ordered Russian troops into the area.

According to Zelensky, this move signifies Moscow “unilaterally abandoning” the peace process as outlined by the Minsk Agreement of 2014.

Germany said that Russia “has dealt a heavy blow to the peace process,” and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated that he was halting the certification process for the Nord Stream-2 pipeline, rendering it unable to begin operations.

The United States and the UK also announced a range of sanctions against Russian banks, bonds, and individuals.

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