Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky has stressed that talks with Russia are the only option for ending the war. Still, a summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin may not be possible.
According to the Russian Defence Ministry, talks between the two countries will resume digitally on Tuesday.
Zelensky spoke after Ukraine accused the Russians of killing hundreds of civilians in the town of Bucha, a suburb about 20 kilometres from central Kyiv. The Russian army says of a staged propaganda stunt. Zelensky plans to address the United Nations Security Council in New York on Tuesday afternoon.
The Ukrainian president also said he would consider a return to the pre-Russian attack on his country on February 24 as a victory. He said Russia and Ukraine are unlikely to agree on everything regarding the Donbas region. Still, he suggested it could be possible for Russia to withdraw from its country in two years. He did not mention the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.
Zelensky stressed that Ukraine needs security guarantees and will strive for a state where “security is the top priority for the next ten years, as in a great Israel”.