Published: Mon, February 17, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ukraine's President Vows to End War, Invites Trump to Kyiv

Ukraine's President Vows to End War, Invites Trump to Kyiv

"If this way will help Ukraine I am ready for next call with Mr. Trump..." stated the Ukrainian president.

Zelenskiy said he wanted to change Ukraine's global image so that people did not associate the country with corruption.

Thanking the United States for supporting Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, Zelensky expressed hope to "start afresh" Kyiv's relations with the US now that proceedings for President Donald Trump's impeachment are over.

Moscow and Kyiv differ on the sequence of events under the Minsk agreement.

Nevertheless, both countries were keen to play down the prospect of an abrupt improvement in their relationship.

"Vladimir Putin has posed a direct question - does Kyiv intend to implement the Minsk agreements in earnest?" the Kremlin said.

Speaking on February 15 at the Munich Security Conference, Volodymyr Zelenskiy again made a plea for support from Western nations for help in Kyiv's fight against Russia-backed separatists.

Putin and Zelenskiy also discussed a further troop pullback in eastern Ukraine and demining operations, the Kremlin said.

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"That [corruption] is not true".

"When I had a meeting with President Trump and he said that in previous years (Ukraine) was such a corrupt country, I told him very honestly and I was very open with him".

Through Trump has cited "corruption" as the reason for the aid freeze and refusal to meet with Zelensky in the White House, the impeachment investigation revealed that Trump cared little about cracking down on corruption and that he just wanted Ukraine to announce an investigation into 2020 candidate Joe Biden in exchange for the aid and White House meeting.

"That's not true. That's not true", the Ukrainian president responded when Amanpour brought up Trump's comments. He was acquitted this month in the Republican-led Senate.

In outcome, Trump also temporarily froze almost $400 million in congressionally-approved aid assistance to Kyiv.

"We have a good relationship with the USA, and I'm grateful to Americans for their support", said Zelensky.

"Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin paid special attention to the release of Ukrainian citizens kept in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea, as well as in the Russian Federation", it said.

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