The price of conflict with Ukraine is enormous, Zelenskyy warns Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned on Friday that Russia will pay a “high price” for its conflict with Ukraine, the presidential press service said.

“By attacking us, they will destroy everything that Russian society has achieved over the past 25 years,” Zelenskyy said in an address to the nation.

In a phone conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized Kiev for “trying to delay the negotiation process in every way possible, putting forward more unrealistic proposals.”

Ukrainian and Russian delegations have held several rounds of negotiations in a bid to broker a solution to the conflict between the two countries.

Zelenskyy on Friday said he spoke with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen about the progress of Ukraine’s bid for EU membership.

“Had substantial conversation with EC President,” Zelenskyy said on Twitter. “EC opinion on UA (Ukraine) application for #EU membership will be prepared within few months. UA Government and EC are instructed. Moving to our strategic goal together.”