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Negotiations Are The Only Way Out Of The War, Says Ukrainian President Zelensky

President Zelensky has warned of the potential for the conflict to develop into a global war.

Kiev:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday renewed his appeal to negotiate with his Russian counterpart, referring to US television to say negotiations were the only way to “end this war.”

“I’m ready for negotiations with him,” Zelensky told CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” referring to Vladimir Putin of Russia, whose deadly invasion of Ukraine is in its fourth week.

“I think without negotiations we cannot end this war,” the Ukrainian leader said through an interpreter.

A repeat of Zelensky’s call for peace talks came as he and other Ukrainians accused Russia of committing war crimes after authorities said the invading army had bombed a school sheltering about 400 people in the besieged city of Mariupol.

“Russian forces have come to destroy us, to kill us,” Zelensky said.

The leader, who has emerged as a national hero because of his open attitude towards Putin and his team, has spoken of Ukraine’s fierce opposition to aggression and told Russia that several thousand of its soldiers have died in fighting so far.

“If there’s only a one percent chance of us stopping this war, I think we need to take this opportunity … to have the possibility of negotiating, the possibility of talking to Putin,” he said.

“If this attempt fails, that means this is a third world war.”

Zelensky has repeatedly warned of the potential for the Russia-Ukraine conflict to develop into an all-out global war.

The crisis in Ukraine, where Putin has sought to eliminate pro-Western tendencies in the former Soviet state, has already triggered the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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