Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said Ukraine is fighting in the Donbas region and has “no intention of surrendering”.
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Zelenskyy: “We will not surrender Donbas, we will fight”
In an interview broadcast by CNN, Zelenskyy rejected the idea of allowing Moscow to take over Donbas and parts of eastern Ukraine in order to end the conflict.
“Ukraine and its people are clear. We have no right to other people’s territories and we will not give up our own.”, Zelenskyy said.
When Vladimir Putin talks about taking Donbas, he is actually referring to two large eastern regions, Luhansk and Donetsk, which stretch from Mariupol in the south to the northern border. These two regions represent the Donbas or Donetsk Basin, an area where coal and steel were produced during the Russian Empire and the USSR, reminds the BBC.