Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky has said Ukraine's state border remains the only "common" thing with Russia following the annexation of Crimea and aggression in Donbas.
"I've long been thinking about the so-called 'much in common' thing between Ukraine and Russia. The reality is that today, after the annexation of Crimea and aggression in Donbas, we have only one thing left that is 'common' - that's the state border. Some 2,295 kilometers and 400 meters of 'common.' And Russia should return control over every millimeter on the Ukrainian side. Only then would we be able to continue the search for our 'common'," he wrote on Facebook, commenting on the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He stressed that the ban on the exports of petroleum products, the opening of passport offices for fast-track naturalisation of residents of the occupied territories, and the holding of Ukrainians in captivity do not bring the settlement of relations between the two countries any closer. "Such relations cannot be called 'fraternal'," Zelensky said.
photo: Vlodomy Zelensky (picture courtesy of TASS, Moscow)
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