President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to sit down at the negotiating table against the background of the military operation in the Donbas. He stated this in a video message published on his Telegram channel.

The Ukrainian leader stressed that in this way he intends to stop the death of people. “I want to address the President of the Russian Federation once again. There are battles going on all over Ukraine,” he explained.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow would be ready to start negotiations with Kyiv after the Ukrainian military laid down their weapons. He also assured that the Russian side is not going to oppress Ukrainian servicemen in any way.