Putin afraid of what peace summit can achieve: Zelenskyy

World 15:49 25.05.2024

Ukraine's president said his Russian counterpart was scared of the June summit that was "capable of forcing Russia into peace."

According to Ednews citing Euronews, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said Russia's president is afraid of what an upcoming international peace summit could achieve.

Ukraine's leader said the June summit would "not allow Putin to lie anymore", saying no one in the world wants war except what he called the Russian aggressor.

"The world is capable of forcing Russia into peace and into compliance with international security norms. Russia has nothing to oppose the world majority," he said.

Zelenskyy chided leaders of Central Asian states for so far not agreeing to attend.

The Peace Summit is a format that will not allow Putin to lie anymore. And without his lies, he is absolutely nothing -  Volodymyr Zelenskyy/ President of Ukraine

"Tell me what those who don't join are afraid of? They're afraid of losing something. Afraid of losing even their relationship with today's Kremlin. That doesn't help end the war," he said.

So far, 50 states have confirmed participation in the event due to take place at a resort above Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland from June 15-16. The heads of the Council of Europe, the European Council and the European Commission will also attend.

Zelenskyy was speaking in the north-eastern Kharkiv region where Russian forces have recently made a renewed push.

Part of that ramped-up offensive saw missiles slam into Ukraine’s second-largest city early on Thursday, killing at least seven civilians and wounding 21 others.

The strike hit the country's largest printing facility when some 50 employees were on the premises.

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