Ukraine president says any compromises with Russia will require a referendum

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rewards a police special team member as Russia?s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 19, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

LVIV, Ukraine March 21 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday said any compromises agreed with Russia to end the war would need to be voted on by Ukrainians in a referendum.

"The people will have to speak up and respond to this or that form of compromise. And what they (the compromises) will be is the subject of our talks and understanding between Ukraine and Russia," he said in an interview published by Ukrainian public broadcasting company Suspilne.

Issues that could be raised in any referendum could concern territories occupied by Russian forces, including Crimea, or security guarantees offered to Ukraine by countries in lieu of NATO membership, he said.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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