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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has landed in Saudi Arabia, aiming to engage with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in efforts to halt the invasion of Ukraine and facilitate the release of prisoners of war held by Russia.

Zelenskyy’s visit comes as Ukraine faces pressure as Russian troops continue to gain ground due to munitions shortages due to a struggle for military support from Western allies.

During his stay, Zelenskyy acknowledged the gradual retreat of Ukrainian forces from strategic locations in the Donetsk region. However, he noted the importance of Saudi Arabia’s support in advancing Ukraine’s “Peace Formula.” This proposal, aimed at ending the conflict, calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops and accountability for war crimes, terms that Moscow has consistently rejected. The Ukrainian leader also expressed optimism about the kingdom’s involvement in securing the release of Ukrainian POWs and deportees based on past cooperation.

Zelenskyy’s diplomatic mission in Riyadh, coupled with discussions on economic cooperation, comes at a critical juncture in the war, now in its second year. His visit coincides with MBS’s meeting with Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, indicating Saudi Arabia’s active engagement in international dialogues.


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