Ukraine’s ambassador to the US, Oksana Markarova, told CNN’s Dana Bash that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will “definitely not” be part of the delegation to the talks with Russia, saying Zelensky is in Ukraine defending the country.
Markarova called on the Russian president to stop the war and said Ukraine would send people to the talks. She added that Ukraine is always ready for talks, “but we are not ready to give up. And we will defend our country and win.”
Asked if she thinks Russia’s intention is genuine in extending this olive branch, Markarova said: “There is an ongoing war and war crimes being perpetrated by Russians in Ukraine on a daily basis. So how genuine is this proposal? ? We do not know”.
On Putin putting the deterrence force, including nuclear weapons, on high alert, Markarova said: “This is one more example of Russia’s terrorist behavior. They attacked our country. They are scaring everyone.