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Zelensky names Ukrainian POWs as “price” to be paid for freeing them from Russian captivity

President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he is ready to allow Russia to supply ammonia through Ukraine if the Russian Federation releases Ukrainian prisoners of war.

Zelensky made the statement in an interview with Reuters, Ukrainform correspondent reported.

“In the choice between dignity and money, I choose dignity. I don’t want to trade with the Russian Federation and I don’t like to trade and get Russian ammonia, I’ll tell you clearly … I’ll be really honest with you – I said that I oppose the supply of ammonia from the Russian Federation through Ukraine . I am willing to go for it only if we exchange ammonia supply for our prisoners. I proposed this to the UN,” the President said.

Answering the question of what steps he wants the participants of the UN General Assembly session to take regarding the war with the Russian Federation, Zelensky said that some discussions between the leaders will continue there, some documents will be adopted. “The prime minister, the minister of foreign affairs … he knows his job.”

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“I think it is important to raise as much as possible two points on the agenda among the leaders and achieve the result. The first is still to find the right mechanism and support the resolution about it, to return property, refund occupiers, etc. We really need this mechanism but it does not exist yet,” said Zelensky.

Another step he called for was a resolution to create a special tribunal for war crimes and those who committed these crimes.

“Especially in the USA, perhaps at the level of the UN forum, it is necessary to discuss the issue of identifying the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. This is a very important step,” he said.

Among other important issues related to Ukraine, the President mentioned the budget deficit, the significant need to resolve some issues with the IMF, and the need to agree on a new cooperation program. According to Zelensky, “We started this work.”

“America and the UN are good platforms in this regard too. So there are many things to focus on,” he clarified.

As reported, “Reports emerged in Western media that the UN is pressuring Ukraine and the Russian Federation to restore the operation of the Tolyatti-Odessa pipeline to further export ammonia through the Black Sea as part of the grain initiative. .”

For his part, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, said that Ukraine will learn the details of the UN initiative to restore the operation of the Tolyatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline and that it will not make any decision. It is against the interest of the country.

Photo: Office of the President of Ukraine

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