During a meeting with US Senator Robert Portman, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine is fighting two wars, one against Russia, the other against corruption.
Zelensky and Portman met to discuss the political situation in Ukraine, especially the snap parliamentary election, the president’s press service reported.
The newly elected president explained that his decision to dissolve parliament was in line with a public survey. He observed that holding elections in July will make it possible to have a new government in place by September.
“If this parliament that doesn’t work had continued, we would have formed the government in December. We can’t wait. We have two wars – the war with Russia and the war with corruption within the country, which is a threat, first and foremost, to Ukraine’s economy,” the president observed.
Zelensky and the US senator also discussed the situation in the Donbas and the steps that need to be taken to resolve the conflict peacefully, especially a ceasefire and a prisoner exchange.
The Ukrainian president drew attention to the US Senate’s active stance, imposing sanctions on Russia and providing military assistance to Ukraine. He emphasized the need to continue putting pressure on Russia to ensure that the Minsk Agreements are properly fulfilled.