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Zelenskyy meets diplomats, representatives of countries, international organisations

Zelenskyy outlined Ukraine's top priorities for 2024.

Zelenskyy meets diplomats, representatives of countries, international organisations
Photo: Ukrainian presidential office

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met heads of foreign missions and international organisations accredited in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy noted that over the two years of full-scale war, Ukraine, with the help of its partners, has liberated more than 50% of the territory occupied by the Russian army, won the battle for the Black Sea and ensured the operation of the grain corridor, achieved GDP growth of 5%, protected the energy sector, preserved the work of state and social institutions, the stability of the financial sector, reached a political decision to start negotiations on joining the European Union, and is creating a new architecture of security guarantees based on the G7 Vilnius Declaration, within which bilateral agreements have already been signed.

"All of this proves Ukraine's capability, the strength of our people, the effectiveness of our unity - all formats of our interaction with the world. We have achieved and are achieving our goals. I think this is the main thing," the head of state emphasised.

Zelenskyy also outlined Ukraine's priorities for 2024.

According to the head of state, the first unconditional priority is to protect Ukrainians from Russian terror.

"We are extremely grateful to each of your countries, to each leader who provides defence, macro-financial and humanitarian support to Ukraine and our people. I am especially grateful for the long-term support programmes, both defence and financial. All this saves thousands and thousands of lives and really brings the end of the war closer," Zelenskyy said.

The president also recalled the Peace Formula proposed by Ukraine, the implementation of which can fulfil an important humanitarian task - to return home Ukrainian children and adults deported to Russia - prisoners of war and political prisoners.

"Each point of the Formula is based on the principles and norms of the UN Charter, General Assembly resolutions and basic international conventions. The Peace Formula is capable of bringing peace - real, honest, fair and understandable to every nation," he stressed.

Another task, according to Zelenskyy, is to work with partners to strengthen defence cooperation and increase pressure on Russia.

He said that the sooner the frozen Russian assets are confiscated, the sooner Russia will feel the true cost of aggression against international law.

During the meeting, Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo noted that Ukraine would be a priority during Italy's presidency of the Group of Seven (G7) this year and expressed full support for all ten points of the Ukrainian peace formula.

"We will continue to support Ukraine in the defence of its freedom and territorial integrity. We will coordinate the activities of the Group of Seven to provide all necessary support: political, economic, financial, military, and humanitarian. We reaffirm our commitment to strengthen sanctions against Russia as long as necessary to achieve a just and lasting peace," he said.

The ambassadors of Brazil, the European Union, the United States and others also pledged their support for Ukraine.

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