Zelenskyy and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Meet to Talk About War in Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, visited Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to talk about advancing a peace deal and freeing Russian prisoners of war. Zelenskyy will meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the same day that the prince welcomed Russian officials, including Vyacheslav Volodin, the chairman of the Duma, the country’s lower house of parliament. Crown Prince Mohammed, who has facilitated prisoner swap agreements in the past, aims to establish himself as a mediator in peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. Riyadh remains in line with Russia on energy policies through the OPEC bloc even as it attempts to settle this dispute.

 

Zelenskyy stated on the X platform that in order to implement his “peace formula,” Ukraine “relies on Saudi Arabia’s ongoing active support.” The 10-point peace formula aims to, among other things, drive out all Russian forces from Ukrainian territory and hold Russia responsible for war crimes. Moscow disapproves of these concepts. Zelenskyy went on to write, “Our people’s release has already been made possible by the leadership of the kingdom. I have no doubt that this meeting will be fruitful as well.

 

Russia forced Ukrainian forces back into eastern Ukraine as Zelenskyy was meeting with the crown prince. While Kyiv is waiting for additional assistance from Western friends, military specialists say that Russia has the advantage of having more troops and armaments supplies. Despite the casualties, Ukraine’s military reported on Tuesday that it had shot down two guided missiles and eleven drones that Russia had launched during the course of a nighttime attack. According to the Ukrainian air force, Russia’s most recent aerial assaults against the regions of Kharkiv, Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Khmelnytskyi, and Kirovohrad involved the use of 13 drones and five missiles.

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