Volodymyr Zelenskyy tells students in UK that Ukraine will not concede
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has addressed Ukrainian student societies across the UK, saying will not give up or “concede” territory to Russia. He likened Russia's attacks on Ukraine to Second World War attacks on London, Manchester, Coventry and other cities represented at the session. Moderator Matt Frei asked Mr Zelenskyy whether there was a stage of the invasion in which he would need to cede territory to the Russians, given the loss of life in the eastern Donbas region. “Throughout my presidency, I clearly understand and understood that every war has to finish at the table of negotiations and I understand that diplomacy can save lives — I understand this,” he said. “But unfortunately, the president of Russian Federation doesn't understand this, and that's it.
“The interpretation [of your question] sounded like, 'what are you ready to concede, or to give up' — I'd like to say that there's this independence of our country and there's not anything that we can concede. Ukrainian students Pavlo Denysenko and Snizhana Berezhna at Coventry University, where President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed students as part of a live broadcast to a number of UK universities. He said that 80 years ago, Manchester survived the Christmas bombing, and “this year, Ukraine had the Easter bombing — 80 years ago, Nazi invaders would ruin Coventry. Mr Zelenskyy spoke to student societies at Birmingham University, Coventry, London School of Economics, UCL, City of London, Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow and Manchester via video conference and urged them to help rebuild his country once victory was assured. For Ukrainian students studying abroad, he said: “First of all we have to restore our territory … because we want to rebuild our country.
And as territory is regained, he said, “we will start rebuilding all the educational institutions … so that people can go back to school, back to kindergarten, school, university for the students”. He added in response to UCL Ukrainian society's question about a “brain drain” of young Ukrainians: “There's a lot of painful aspects in our history because of which we've lost the most precious thing we have, the smart people. “When we will be victorious, we will build a new country … you're something like 20 years old, 19 years old — you're a young person, a student — I can't build a comfortable state for you without you. “You are representing our state — you are ambassadors of our academy here.
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