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Zelenskyy Challenges Trump: Share Your Ukraine Peace Plan Now

By Jake Beardslee · July 3, 2024

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has responded to former U.S. President Donald Trump's recent claims about resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Zelenskyy urged Trump to share his strategy immediately if he truly has a solution to end the war.  USA TODAY

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2024 U.S. presidential election, stated during the recent CNN-hosted debate with President Joe Biden that he would swiftly resolve the conflict if elected. "I will have that war settled between Putin and Zelenskyy as president-elect before I take office as president on Jan. 20," Trump stated.  Jack Gruber/USA TODAY / USA TODAY NETWORK

Zelenskyy, however, expressed concern about the implications of such claims, stating: "If Trump knows how to end this war he should tell us today."  Josh Morgan / USA TODAY NETWORK

Zelenskyy emphasized the need for preparedness, adding, "Because if there are risks to Ukraine's independence, if there are risks that we lose statehood, we want to be prepared for this."  Megan Smith / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Ukrainian president also voiced apprehension about the future of U.S. support for Ukraine after the November 5 election. Zelenskyy stressed the importance of understanding Ukraine's position in advance, stating, "They can't plan my life and the life of our people, our children. My message is if they have the plan, it can be not public because of the elections but I think we have to know before to prepare."  Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

While Trump has not publicly detailed his plans for Ukraine, he has maintained that ending the war would be a priority if he returns to the White House.  Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia

During the recent presidential debate, Trump also indicated that he does not accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's demand for Ukraine to cede four of its regions as a condition for ending the war.  Jack Gruber/USA TODAY / USA TODAY NETWORK

As the U.S. presidential race heats up, the future of American support for Ukraine remains a critical issue, with potential implications for the ongoing conflict and regional stability.  The White House / Wikimedia