Mar 1, 2022 - World

Zelensky addresses peace talks: "We'll see"

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the peace talks with Russia during an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday, saying "we'll see" when asked whether talks were potentially a waste of time.

Why it matters: The war entered its sixth day Tuesday, as Russian forces intensified their bombing campaign on Ukrainian cities.

What they're saying: "You have to speak first of all. Everybody has to stop fighting and to go [back] to that point from where it began five, six days ago," Zelensky said.

  • "I think there are principal things you can do. ... If you do this, and that side does this, it means they are ready for peace. If they [are not] ready, it means you're just wasting time."
  • "It's very serious, it's not a movie. ... I'm not iconic, I think Ukraine is iconic," Zelensky said of his transformation into a lauded wartime leader.
  • "Ukraine is the heart of Europe, and now I think Europe sees Ukraine is something special for this world," he added. "That's why [the] world can't lose this something special."
  • Zelensky also told CNN that he hadn't seen his family in three days and that his days consisted of "work and sleep."

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