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Ukraine’s Zelensky Rules Out Direct Peace Talks with Russia’s Putin

HeadlineOct 04, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has formally ruled out direct peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, after the Kremlin declared it had annexed four Ukrainian territories seized by Russia’s military. Earlier today, Zelensky signed a decree stating that talks with Putin over Ukraine’s fate would be “impossible,” adding, “We are ready for a dialogue with Russia, but with another president of Russia.” This comes as Ukraine’s military continues to claim battlefield victories. In the east, Ukraine’s military is advancing toward the Russian-held Luhansk region after its troops recaptured the city of Lyman on Saturday; meanwhile, Ukrainian forces reportedly retook territory along the Dnieper River in the south on Monday.

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