Zelenskiy: “Ukraine will return the lost territories”

# 12:58
20 May 2019

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy calls putting an end to the war in the Donbass Region as his first goal serving as the leader of the country, ONA reports citing TASS.

"Our first task is to reach a ceasefire in Donbass," he said addressing the Ukrainian people on Monday at the session of Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) following his inauguration ceremony. The president underlined that he is willing to take unpopular measures to bring the war to an end. "If need be, I am ready to lose my post to reach peace," he pointed out.

At the same time, Zelenskiy said that it is important to return the "lost territories". "Both Crimea and Donbass are Ukrainian lands, where we lost not only territories but, most importantly, the people," he added. He also addressed the citizens of Donbass and Crimea in Russian, saying that they "are not aliens for Ukraine."

Zelenskiy also emphasized that he is ready to open a dialogue to reach a ceasefire in Donbass, insisting that prisoners should be returned. "I am willing to hold a dialogue, but also convinced that the first step to open such a dialogue will be the return of all Ukrainian prisoners," he stressed.