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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has explained why a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is needed.

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"There are some things you can understand only when you are one on one. There are some answers to what you can and [what you] want, and it is better to hear them when you are one on one to draw crystal clear conclusions and proceed with another plan, Plan B," Zelensky said at a press conference in Kyiv on May 20 on the first year of his presidency, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

Zelensky says "society has a mixed assessment of direct talks between President Zelensky and President Putin."

"I'm sure we should do this without dropping Minsk [talks], but to do simultaneously, as a separate track," he added.