Zelensky hopes war in Donbas to be over within 12 months
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he hopes the war in Donbas will be over in a year.
"We proposed that Minsk [talks] should continue and that we should resolve the issue with a ceasefire, and we want to stop this war as soon as possible," he said, speaking at a joint press conference with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Kyiv Monday.
"I want to hope that in a year we will no longer have this war," added Zelensky.
He added that "we are moving toward a sustainable ceasefire in Donbas," recalling the recent disengagement of forces in Stanytsia Luhanska by both warring sides.
"Now we are awaiting the dismantling of concrete structures on the other side to begin rebuilding the bridge," the president noted, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
“I believe that we are moving toward a sustainable ceasefire. I understand that it's not as fast as we all would like, because in fact we are moving through a minefield, in every sense of the word. And there is a lot of work ahead to restore Donbas," Zelensky said, adding that this work has already begun.