President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has commented on the topics set to be discussed at the summit of Normandy Four leaders.
In a video address, the president noted that "the Normandy format is aimed at renewing the dialogue, which can bring us closer to the complete cessation of the war and the return of our territories."
"And surely, the main thing is the return of our prisoners of war," he stressed.
Zelensky noted that "the conditions of the Normandy summit include disengagement of troops in Stanytsia Luhanska, disengagement of troops in Zolote, namely in Katerynivka (because there are five settlements of Zolote). We – the Ukrainian Army, the Ukrainian Government – control four of them. And in Zolotoe-5 there are militants. That is, disengagement in Katerynivka. There is also meant to be disengagement in Petrivske. We disengaged forces in Stanytsia Luhansks and even, as you see, made this temporary pedestrian bridge, and today the one made of concrete is already being constructed – we'll build a massive bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska. And we have a checkpoint there, there is electricity there, it's like 'Switzerland'," the head of state said.
At the same time, he added: “As for the plan of further action, as for the cities, or towns, or places, where disengagement will take place, what exchange format will be for our people, what deadlines, what format can there be for local elections – all these questions need to be asked and addressed at the Normandy summit. But it's about working this out and then coming forward to our society and saying: these are the solutions. Let's discuss these solutions. There will be no secrets from our society about this, because this is a very sensitive topic."