Zelensky: situation in eastern Ukraine 'under control'

Zelensky: situation in eastern Ukraine 'under control'

People should not be anxious because the situation in eastern Ukraine is "under control," Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Zelensky addressed the nation and said decisions made Monday in a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council show that "everything is under control, there is no reason to panic."

He said the main topic on the agenda was the situation in eastern Ukraine and authorities are doing their best to de-escalate and find a peaceful settlement of the issue.

"We are aware of everything, we are ready for everything, we believe in the best, and we do everything to this end together with our partners, our diplomats, and most importantly, our military," Anadolu Aagency cited him as saying.

Regarding the withdrawal of embassy staff by some countries, Zelensky said the move does not portend "inevitable escalation." "Embassies of EU countries and many others have kept all their employees in Ukraine. The fact that some countries are taking out some of their diplomats does not mean an inevitable escalation at all; these are subtleties of a complex diplomatic game," he said.