Putin must stop language of ultimatums, Zelensky tells world leaders

“We must stop this war," he said.

In Summary
  • His remarks came a day after the Russian Federation President set out terms for a ceasefire in their aggression against Ukraine.
  • In his terms, Putin claimed he would agree to a ceasefire if Ukraine withdrew troops from four regions which Russia partially occupies and claims to have annexed.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky addressing world leaders at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine on June 15, 2024/OPU
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky addressing world leaders at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine on June 15, 2024/OPU

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky now says that Russia’s Vladimir Putin should stop his ultimatums.

Speaking on the first day of the Russia-Ukraine Peace Summit in Switzerland, Zelensky who addressed over 100 heads of state and representatives of governments said Putin must speak the language of the majority of the world, which is just peace.

“Putin should switch from the language of ultimatums to the language of the world majority, which wants a just peace,” he said.

His remarks came a day after the Russian Federation President set out terms for a ceasefire in their aggression against Ukraine.

In his terms, Putin claimed he would agree to a ceasefire if Ukraine withdrew troops from four regions which Russia partially occupies and claims to have annexed.

Zelensky insisted that the global majority support the principle of territorial integrity of states, the sovereignty of nations and equality in relations between peoples.

He said that this majority also wants to live crisis-free.

“No one doubts that the global majority wants to guarantee all aspects of security, including nuclear and food security," the Ukrainian President said.

“The world majority definitely wants to live without bloody crises, deportations and ecocides.” 

Zelensky said the proposed Peace Formula borrows from the United Nations Charter and it encourages all the powers of the world to think about ending the war and to propose how to end it.

“We must stop this war. Based on the UN Charter, respect for international law, the just interests of the Ukrainian people, and the idea of the undeniable value of human life – life, not war,” he said.

101 countries are represented in the Peace Summit, among them Kenya’s President William Ruto.

160 countries had been invited to the Summit.

In his remarks, President Ruto termed the Russian aggression on Ukraine unlawful, unjust and against international law.

He said it is time for parties to the conflict to demonstrate good faith, abandon unyielding attitudes and soften their positions for lasting peace to be realised.

The President said the globe must embark on a collective effort to resolve the war.

He spoke on Saturday in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, when he joined other world leaders for the inaugural Summit on Peace in Ukraine.

President Ruto regretted that the war had had a devastating impact across the world, including Africa.

Kenya, he went on, had not been spared as the war in Ukraine had led to increased prices of fertilisers.

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