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Zelenskyy explains why he doesn't believe in 'Olympic truce'

22 April, 2024 Monday
21:10

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he doesn't believe it is possible to implement Emmanuel Macron's idea of a complete ceasefire in Ukraine during the Olympic Games because Russia won't keep its promise and will strengthen its forces

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Zelenskyy said this in an interview with a French journalist and author of the blog HugoDecrypte.

"I don't believe in it with Russia. Not in this format - a truce in general - but in any format of a truce with Russia. Emmanuel knows this, and he is a witness to it. We were in the Normandy format together, we went through the Minsk process together. France, Germany, Ukraine - we are all living witnesses to the fact that there is no such thing as a frozen conflict with Russia," the president of Ukraine noted.

He explained that Russia would have used such a pause to regroup and strengthen its forces in order to strike again, and cited the months after the Normandy talks as an example, when there was no actual ceasefire and snipers continued to hunt Ukrainian troops along the contact line.

"For Putin, there is no truce, no Olympics, no authority," Zelenskyy emphasized.

  • On March 16, Macron said he would propose that Russia cease hostilities in Ukraine and observe a "regime of silence" during the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
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