President of Ukraine urges supporters of lifting the sanctions against Russia to visit the occupied Donbas and annexed Crimea.
“Those who are campaigning for the lifting of sanctions, are encouraged to visit the Donbass and to see how much misery brought the Ukrainian people to this war. Look at the Crimea, which from the tourist region and a natural pearl has turned into a real military camp,” he said.
Zelensky has called the sanctions “the only peaceful tool,” able to stop the war.
“I know about the calls of some politicians and representatives of big business in Germany about the lifting of sanctions and the restoration of business activity with Russia. Using this opportunity, I want to turn now to him. We did not start this war, but we dream and fight for its completion daily. We don’t want sanctions suffered by our European partners, who decided to help us. But it’s the only bloodless way to restore peace on the continent, and it needs to be completed to the end,” he said.
He also said that during the meeting with Merkel discussed the issues of achieving peace in the Donbass, the release of prisoners of Ukrainian seafarers and other illegally detained in Russian prisons Ukrainian.
Zelensky and Merkel also discussed cooperation between Ukraine and Germany at the UN and other international organizations, as well as the issue of bilateral economic and trade cooperation, Ukrainian reforms and the investment climate.
“I asked Mrs Merkel about supporting European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine”, – said the President.
Earlier the people’s Deputy Lyashko urged Ukraine to withdraw from the PAIR, if you return to Russia.