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A Conversation Between Putin and Zelensky: Details Revealed in the Kremlin

Russian and Ukrainian leaders Vladimir Putin and Zelensky held a second telephone conversation between Putin and Zelensky: details revealed in the Kremlin

A Conversation Between Putin and Zelensky: Details Revealed in the Kremlin

Russian and Ukrainian leaders Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky held a second telephone conversation. During the conversation, they discussed the situation in the Donbas, where on the eve of four Ukrainian soldiers were killed. Kyiv accused the militias of this, but in the DPR these statements are rejected. In the meantime, an indefinite truce continues to operate in the zone of armed conflict, which is regularly violated.

At a briefing following an emergency meeting with security officials, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced a conversation with Russian head Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin confirmed that on the initiative of Kyiv on Wednesday a telephone conversation took place between the leaders of the two countries. They discussed the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas.

For de-escalation, the Russian leader called, first of all, to exclude shelling of settlements by Ukrainian troops “leading to civilian casualties”. In addition, the President of the Russian Federation pointed out the crucial importance of the consistent implementation of the Minsk agreements, including the legal aspects of granting special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR).

The parties also agreed to intensify work to return the detainees, reported on the Kremlin’s official website.

Vladimir Zelensky also held an emergency meeting with security officials. It was convened due to the death of four Ukrainian troops in the military operation zone in the Donbas. According to Kyiv, they were fired by militias.

“This morning I spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Urgently called him. He said that this does not bring us closer to the world, ”Zelensky said. According to him, he asked his Russian colleague to influence "on the other side so that they stop the killings."

In addition, as Zelensky noted, the parties also discussed the issues of reducing the time needed to build a bridge in the Village of Lugansk and the return of Ukrainian prisoners.
“We had a long conversation,” he emphasized.

“You will see a press release, I do not want to speak for the President of Russia, what he promised. I want the words that were on the phone so that you can see them officially. And these words all turned into certain steps. I really believe in it, ”Zelensky said to a journalist’s question about how Putin reacted.

The President of Ukraine a day earlier called on the leaders of the Norman-format participating countries - the presidents of Russia and France, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel - to hold another meeting in the near future. He justified this with the breakdown of the truce on the part of the militias.
“Four Ukrainian soldiers died near Pavlopol from shelling from a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher. The bread truce lasted 17 days. Today's incident is aimed at undermining not only this truce but also the negotiation process as a whole. Ukraine sincerely seeks peace. And our desire is unchanging. Today, the whole world saw who exactly does not want the world, ”said the Ukrainian leader.
After the news of the deaths of the Ukrainian Armed Forces fighters appeared, the head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine promised that "a gross violation of the ceasefire agreements will not be ignored."
According to the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ruslan Khomchak, after the shelling in the region of Pavlopol, the Ukrainian military was preparing to fight back, but the enemy left his position. He specified that the militia shots were fired from a grenade launcher, to which an 82-mm mortar mine was bolted. Kolchak claims that the shell went directly to the trench, where the APU fighters were.
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In Donetsk, these statements were called untrue.

In addition, they noticed that the incident occurred too far from the contact line, outside the radius of destruction of the armed forces of the republic.

In addition, after these events, the DPR People’s Police Department stated that the Ukrainian army had begun direct preparations for active hostilities against the self-proclaimed republic. According to intelligence, units and units of the reserve of the Armed Forces of Ukraine bring to the highest degree of combat readiness and advance to the forefront in the Mariupol direction.
Meanwhile, in the east of Ukraine, an indefinite truce has entered into force on July 21. From the very first day, it is regularly violated, and the parties blame each other for this.
This telephone conversation between the Russian and Ukrainian leaders was the second since Zelensky took office as head of state.

The first took place on July 11, also at the initiative of the Ukrainian side.
During the dialogue, the presidents discussed the settlement of the situation in the Donbas and the return of persons held on both sides. The heads of state also agreed to continue joint work at the expert level.
Zelensky’s administration called the key subject of discussion the release of Ukrainian sailors detained in Russia. They emphasized that this dialogue was "the first step towards the resumption of negotiations in the Norman format", and also expressed hope for the speedy release of the detainees.
Soon, the Ukrainian leader himself commented on his first telephone conversation with a Russian counterpart. He noted that from a conversation with Moscow about Ukrainian sailors, “the crown will not fall from him”, and expressed readiness for the exchange of prisoners.

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